news\ Jan 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

THQ's assets officially auctioned off: Saint's Row, Homefront, Metro, and South Park find new homes


The inevitable THQ auction was held today, with the company's assets being divided among a few different companies. Companies like SEGA, Koch Media, and Crytek now own some of your most beloved THQ games -- though the sales are expected to officially close later this week.

Here's how the company's assets have been divided (pricing according to DD Investing):

SEGA has agreed to purchase Relic, developer of Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, for $26 million.

Koch Media -- owner of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver -- has agreed to purchase Saint's Row developer Volition ($22.3 million) and publishing rights to the Metro property ($5.8 million).

Crytek, who is currently developing Homefront 2, has agreed to purchase the Homefront franchise for $500K.

Take-Two -- parent company of 2K Games and Rockstar) agreed to purchase the unannounced game, codenamed Evolve, for $11 million.

Ubisoft will reportedly purchased the rights to publish South Park: The Stick of Truth ($3.2 million) as well as THQ Montreal ($2.5 million). THQ is ‚Äčled by Assassin's Creed creator Patric Desilits who left Ubisoft Montreal to head up the new studio working on the secretive game 1666 which was originally outed by the THQ bankruptcy.

THQ President Jason Rubin noted, "Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible."

As for THQ's employees, Rubin expects "most" of them to be included in the sale and offered employment by the new owners. However, early claims on Twitter are showing the casualties of the bankruptcy.

The full letter from THQ CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin, which was sent to all THQ employees, has been acquired by Kotaku. The full text is as follow:

To All THQ Employees:

We now have the answers we've been seeking through our financial restructuring and Chapter 11 case. While much will be written, here are the facts of the bids and auction that occurred t:

Yesterday morning, we received a competing bid for the operating business,along with Clearlake's offer, and numerous offers for separate assets. During an auction process that lasted over 22 hours, the final conclusion was that the separate-asset bids would net more than a single buyer for the majority of the company.

Shortly, we will, present the results to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which mustconcur with our assessment.

The proposed sales of multiple assets is as follows :

  • Sega agreed to purchase Relic
  • Koch Media agreed to purchase Volition and Metro
  • Crytek agreed to purchase Homefront
  • Take 2 agreed purchase Evolve and
  • Ubisoft agreed to purchase Montreal and South Park

We expect these sales to close this week.

Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible.

What this means for employees

We expect that most employees of the entities included in the sale will be offered employment by the new owners. However, we cannot say what these owners may intend, and there will likely be some positions that will not be needed under the new ownership. You should receive notice this week or early next week if the new owners intend to extend employment to you. Please note that the terms of your new employment, including pay and benefits, may be different from the current terms of your employment with THQ.

If you are an employee of an entity that is not included in the sale, we regret that your position will end. A small number of our headquarters staff will continue to be employed by THQ beyond January 25 to assist with the transition. THQ has sufficient resources to pay these employees for work going forward, and we will be contacting these employees immediately to ensure their continued employment during this transition period. We are requesting the ability to offer certain severance pay to minimize disruption for employees of non-included entities as they determine the next steps in their careers.

We know you will have many questions about this news. We'll be meeting tomorrow when we return to talk through this announcement and to answer any questions you have. You will receive a benefits fact sheet and FAQs with answers to some questions that may be on your mind. Please review these materials closely.

A personal note

The work that you all have done as part of the THQ family is imaginative, creative, artistic and highly valued by our loyal gamers. We are proud of what we have accomplished despite today's outcome.

It has been our privilege to work alongside the entire THQ team. While the company will cease to exist, we are heartened that the majority of our studios and games will continue under new ownership. We were hoping that the entire company would remain intact, but we expect to hear good news from each of the separate entities that will be operating as part of new organizations.

For those THQ employees who are part of entities that are not included in the sale, we are confident that the talent you have displayed as part of THQ will be recognized as you take the next steps in your career.

Thank you all for your dedication and for sharing your talent with the THQ team. We wish you the best of luck and hope you will keep in touch.


Brian Farrell Chief Executive Officer

Jason Rubin President

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