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Full name: THQ International Ltd
Established: 1989
Closed: Feb 2013
Reason: Financial insolvency

Disambiguation: THQ Nordic

Founded in 1989 by former LJN toy company founder and industry veteran Jack Friedman, "Toy Headquarters" was incorporated 1990 in Calabasas, California as THQ, Inc.

Within months of incorporation, THQ acquired the games division of Bröderbund, then famous for its Choplifter title. The following year, the company went public after a merger with Trinity Aquisition Corp. Friedman departed in 1995 to be replaced as CEO by the company's CFO, Brian Farrell.

In 1999 THQ signed a licensing deal with World Wrestling Federation, WWF, a license it has continue to enjoy since. As with its WWF games, THQ is synonymous with famous movie, TV and lifestyle brand licenses such as Polar Express, Aeon Flux, Power Rangers and MTV Sports. Indeed, one of the company's first titles was an Nintendo NES games based on the John Hughes classic, "Home Alone". More recently the fruits of deals with Disney and Nickelodeon has produced chart topping games based on Disney/Pixar titles including Cars, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles and TV shows such as Spongebob Squarepants and Rugrats.

THQ has also established itself as a key player in the heldheld market, distrubuting titles on Nintendo GameBoy and DS not only for its own titles, but also for other publishers, including Eidos' Tomb Raider games and Team17's Worms Open Warfare and , SEGA's Crazy Taxi and Infogrames' Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee.

Keen to expand beyond the "kiddy games" market of its "toy" foundations, the company has produces top selling titles for the teen and mature sector, including Red Faction, Evil Dead, Sopranos, Stubbs the Zombie, Destroy All Humans and STALKER.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

THQ's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1991 title, "Home Alone" (SNES).

The company has been involved titles released on the PC, 3DS/2DS, Wii U, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS/DSi, PS2, Power Mac, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, N-Gage, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, N64, Game Boy, Sega Megadrive, SNES, Mac and NES. Of these, "Monsters, Inc." (GBA), "Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase" (PlayStation), "The Simpsons: Road Rage" (GBA), "SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge" (GBA), "Disney Presents a PIXAR Film: Cars" (GBA) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2013 release "inSANE" (Xbox 360).

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17 Feb 2010

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16 Feb 2010

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30 Aug 2007

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02 Mar 2007

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06 Mar 2006

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21 Nov 2005

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05 May 2005

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26 Jan 2005

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26 Oct 2004

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08 Oct 2004

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09 Sep 2004

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18 May 2004

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07 May 2004

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07 May 2004

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09 Dec 2003

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11 Nov 2003

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10 Nov 2003

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15 Sep 2003

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12 Sep 2003

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01 Aug 2003

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23 Jul 2003

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30 Jun 2003

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24 Jun 2003

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18 Mar 2003

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20 Feb 2003

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06 Feb 2003

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06 Feb 2003

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28 Jan 2003

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28 Jan 2003

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13 Jan 2003

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02 Jan 2003

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11 Nov 2002

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28 Oct 2002

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19 Sep 2002

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17 Sep 2002

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10 Sep 2002

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20 Aug 2002

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28 Jul 2002

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23 Jul 2002

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16 Jul 2002

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16 Jul 2002

THQ, Disney Interactive and Pixar Animation Studios announce strategic multi-property publishing agreement

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10 May 2002

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29 Apr 2002

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25 Apr 2002

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22 Apr 2002

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12 Apr 2002

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12 Apr 2002

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12 Apr 2002

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11 Apr 2002

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27 Feb 2002

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15 Feb 2002

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13 Feb 2002

THQ Named Nickelodeon’s Master Interactive Licensee

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13 Feb 2002

THQ Announces Distribution Agreement with KOEI Co. Ltd

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13 Feb 2002

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30 Jan 2002

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30 Jan 2002

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28 Jan 2002

THQ Announces Toxic Grind for Xbox and Nintendo GameCube

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24 Jan 2002

THQ Turns Mobiles to Street Fighters

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28 Dec 2001

THQ Raises Additional $16 million from Stock Offering

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17 Dec 2001

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28 Nov 2001

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28 Nov 2001

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13 Nov 2001

THQ to Publish Sky Sports Football Quiz

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26 Oct 2001

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31 Aug 2001

THQ Reports Second Quarter Results

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20 Jul 2001

Return of the Rugrats

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19 Jul 2001

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18 Jul 2001

THQ Secures Warhammer 40,000 Rights – Seeks Development Partners

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12 Jul 2001

Sky Sports, Hotgen Studios and THQ International Ltd Launch Online Football Management Game

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28 Jun 2001

THQ’s Red Faction Tops US Sales Charts

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28 Jun 2001

Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase!

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21 Jun 2001

THQ Takes Fairies Into Battle

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21 Jun 2001

THQ Announces Star Wars Jedi Power Battles

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28 May 2001

THQ Announces Red Faction

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12 May 2001

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30 Apr 2001

Disney's Future Feature Tie-In Game is Snapped Up By THQ

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28 Apr 2001

THQ and Nickelodeon Announce Spongebob Squarepants: Supersponge

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23 Apr 2001

THQ and Nickelodeon Form Relationship To Create Original Videogame Titles

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18 Apr 2001

THQ Announces GT Advance Championship Racing For US Launch Of Game Boy Advance.

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12 Apr 2001

THQ Announces New Legends For Xbox

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12 Apr 2001

THQ Goes Bonkers For Conkers

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28 Mar 2001

THQ Brings EA Stars 2001 Series To Game Boy Color

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28 Mar 2001

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26 Mar 2001

THQ Get 'Nicked' Again

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21 Mar 2001

WWF No Mercy Finalist For Interactive Achievement Awards

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21 Mar 2001

Rugrats In Paris

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28 Feb 2001

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27 Feb 2001

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26 Feb 2001

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21 Feb 2001

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19 Feb 2001

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16 Nov 2000

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28 Oct 2000

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22 Sep 2000

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22 Sep 2000

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29 Aug 2000

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