THQ files for bankruptcy

DaveSimmons

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It sounds like this is much better news than if they were shutting down and just selling the rights to their titles.

We should still see games like Saint's Row 4, and in the short run EA or Activision or whoever bought them won't ruin anything. Long term, who knows?
 

cl-scott

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Well, the good news is that it's Chapter 11 not 7. Chapter 11 means they're hoping to continue eventually, 7 would mean they're shutting down pretty much effective immediately.

However, the Humble Bundle netted them something like $5m IIRC, which is maybe enough for a single AAA title. So, I'm sure that money helped, and might have even made the difference between Chapter 11 vs 7 filing, but it's probably kind of a drop in the bucket overall.

I'm just hoping this won't affect Dawn of War 3.
 

CPA

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Well, the good news is that it's Chapter 11 not 7. Chapter 11 means they're hoping to continue eventually, 7 would mean they're shutting down pretty much effective immediately.

However, the Humble Bundle netted them something like $5m IIRC, which is maybe enough for a single AAA title. So, I'm sure that money helped, and might have even made the difference between Chapter 11 vs 7 filing, but it's probably kind of a drop in the bucket overall.

I'm just hoping this won't affect Dawn of War 3.
Yep, drop in the bucket.

And the fact they have had negative cash flow for some time doesn't bode well.

BTW, it looks like the assets are being bought up by an asset management/private equity group - think Romney's Bain Capital. Will be interesting to see how the company plays the assets and if the gaming community starts screaming once some assets are sold/shuttered - which will happen.
 
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wanderer27

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Well, the good news is that it's Chapter 11 not 7. Chapter 11 means they're hoping to continue eventually, 7 would mean they're shutting down pretty much effective immediately.

However, the Humble Bundle netted them something like $5m IIRC, which is maybe enough for a single AAA title. So, I'm sure that money helped, and might have even made the difference between Chapter 11 vs 7 filing, but it's probably kind of a drop in the bucket overall.

I'm just hoping this won't affect Dawn of War 3.

That's assuming that it all went to them, which it didn't.

For sure some of it went to them, but a portion also went to Charity (and a minor bit to Humble tip).

Keep in mind, there were many protesting the DRM aspect of this bundle that sent nothing to THQ and all to Charity.
Personally I chose not to even partake of this Bundle since I have no use for Steam and therefore the whole thing was effectively valueless.


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Maximilian

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Supposedly still business as usual for ALL productions under the THQ umbrella. From what I can tell, they're being bought out (at a bargain basement price).
I hope it dosent mean that CoH 2 will be released then quickly abandoned because the new buyer is a cheapskate :\ THQ did promise "strong post release support".
 

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However, the Humble Bundle netted them something like $5m IIRC, which is maybe enough for a single AAA title.
Even assuming that THQ made that much, that's not even close to what it would take for a AAA title.
 

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Supposedly still business as usual for ALL productions under the THQ umbrella. From what I can tell, they're being bought out (at a bargain basement price).
The evil EA will buy it out, cancel everything, then force them to produce CoD clones.
 

Lonyo

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I hope it dosent mean that CoH 2 will be released then quickly abandoned because the new buyer is a cheapskate :\ THQ did promise "strong post release support".
It's more likely to have strong post release support with a buyer than it would have if THQ had gone bankrupt after it was released.

And any IPs that are worth money but won't be used will be at worst sold off by the new owners.
You're not going to buy a company whose main assets are their IP as well as in development games, and then shutter the games and scrap the IP. You're going to do something to maximise the value of the assets you've purchased. If anything this is good, because it means someone will cast a fresh eye over all of THQs business, because the current management haven't managed to do a good job of anything.

These guys are in it to make money, which means they want to increase the value of THQ. Closing stuff down and cancelling things won't necessarily help them make money on their purchase.
 

QueBert

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Hummm I bought a THQ game that was suppose to come out today, I wonder if this will effect it. GMG said it was out yesterday but it won't let me download it.

sheit :(
 

Lonyo

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The evil EA will buy it out, cancel everything, then force them to produce CoD clones.
You do know what THQ churns out, right?
Endless licensed titles.
Their big 4 upcoming non-licensed IP games are all sequels.
Most of their TBA titles are movie, sports or TV tie ins, or... sequels.

There are some unannounced titles, which may be original, but are probably sequels or licensed titles.

Oh, and EA already has BF and MoH, and MoH started before CoD.
 

cl-scott

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That's assuming that it all went to them, which it didn't.
I'll admit to frequently skimming over things, but pretty sure I remember seeing somewhere that the $5m figure is what THQ's cut of the total was. Obviously don't quote me on that, since I'm not even rightly sure where it is I saw that, but I think we can safely say that even if $5m was THQ's cut of the total, it wasn't anywhere near enough.
 

JamesV

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Only five or so years ago, THQ was doing the best they've ever done, and what do you do in corporate america when your business is flourishing - you invent things like the Udraw; something that shows management is trying something in order to validate big bonuses.

If they invested that Udraw money into other areas, and took those big cuts to salary and bonuses, WHEN they had positive cash flow... might be a different story today. Blame lies squarely with uppper management; people I wouldn't let oversee a $500 savings account.

I don't feel sorry for them at all, but I do hope CoH 2 isn't ruined by this.
 

gorcorps

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I'll admit to frequently skimming over things, but pretty sure I remember seeing somewhere that the $5m figure is what THQ's cut of the total was. Obviously don't quote me on that, since I'm not even rightly sure where it is I saw that, but I think we can safely say that even if $5m was THQ's cut of the total, it wasn't anywhere near enough.
I went to go check the humble bundle site because they always put up how many were sold when it's done and the average price. We could have used that with the default split to approximate, but they already have ANOTHER indie bundle going and I can't find a way to pull up stats from previous sales.

edit: found a story http://www.polygon.com/2012/12/12/3760396/humble-thq-bundle-5-million-in-sales-jason-rubin-kicks-in-10000

Looks like it was $5 million total sales
 

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They make great games, I'm guessing there's a lot of mismanagement of projects and money being wasted. Hopefully things work out.
 

CPA

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They make great games, I'm guessing there's a lot of mismanagement of projects and money being wasted. Hopefully things work out.

Just looking at their SG&A costs they seem to be around 30% of revenues. Compare that to EA's 25% and Activision's 20% and it would seem that they have an overhead issue. But, there real issue is game development costs. Their costs look to be around 70-80% of revenue, while EA's and Activision's are in the 30% range. That could mean several things:

-they're paying their folks well above industry average
-they have too many developers
-not selling enough units (probably the main reason)
-they have franchises that are losing money and bringing the rest down with them
 

Bateluer

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THQ just needs to translate more of their titles to on-rails FPS titles and stream line them for a wider audience.
 
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