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Ubisoft rumored as THQ bid front-runner

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Posted by: Matt Liebl

Rumors are circulating that Ubisoft is offering a bid to buy THQ's assets. As reported by MCV, Ubisoft is "one of the front-runners" in the bidding to acquire THQ's assets which include the company's brands and development studios.

On Wednesday, THQ officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, securing an investor — private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group — who is also interested in purchasing THQ's assets. In doing so, Clearlake is providing the money THQ needs to keep working on the products throughout the bankruptcy process.

It's important to realize, however, that other companies (ie. Ubisoft) could swoop in an outbid Clearlake. Although MCV's sources believe Ubisoft is after a "bargain buy, and is prepared to hold-out until THQ is forced to sell off specific assets."

If the rumors turn out to be true, and Ubisoft does manage to successfully win the bid, it means the French firm would add to its already impressive lineup of titles with brands like Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Darksiders, Homefront, Red Faction, and the WWE games license. It'd be quite the acquisition for a publisher who already owns successful brands like the Just Dance, Far Cry, and Assassin's Creed franchises. 

Acquiring THQ's assets could turn Ubisoft into a powerhouse publisher. It sounds right in line with CEO Yves Guillemot's goal of turning Ubisoft into the market's number one publisher.

Keep in mind, this is only a rumor, but would you like to see Ubisoft bid on THQ's assets?

Tags: Ubisoft, THQ

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