THQ’s properties were sold off at auction last night. The 22-hour process saw the remains of the company carved up and sold off to buyers. Sega bought Relic, Ubisoft bought South Park and more. Check out Steph’s in-depth report on the matter here. This morning former THQ president Jason Rubin and boss Brian Farrell have shared further thoughts on the situation.
Speaking in a press release announcing the US Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale, Rubin stated: “I was brought in eight months ago to help turn this ship around, and while I’m disappointed that we could not effect a sale for the entire operating business, I am pleased that the new buyers will be providing jobs to many of our very talented personnel.
“When we first announced the sale process, I said I would be happy if the company’s games and people had a bright future, even if it meant I did not have a job at the end of it. And I still feel that way.”
Farrell said, “While we had hoped that the restructuring process would allow the company to remain intact, I am heartened that the majority of our studios and games will continue under new ownership,” said Farrell. “It has been my pleasure to work alongside this great group of people, and I am proud of the imaginative and artistic games that our team has created.
“Although we will no longer be able to work together with a unified mission, I am confident that the talent we have assembled will continue to make an impression on the video game industry. For those whose positions are not likely to continue, I sincerely regret this outcome and we will be meeting with you over the next few days to discuss the transition.”
Our thoughts go out to those who were made unemployed as a result of the auction, and we hope they find new positions soon.
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