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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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The Inter-Galactic Hero Returns Today! Voltron: Defender Of The Universe Now Available On Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network

Voltron: Defender of the Universe combines all the action and nostalgia of the iconic 1980s franchise with classic arcade-style co-op gameplay.

30 Nov 2011

THQ Announces Internal Studios Realignment to Focus on Key Strategic Initiatives

Company Increases Emphasis on High Potential Categories; Reduces Focus on Kids and Movie-Based Licensed Titles for Consoles

10 Aug 2011


Seamlessly Blending Technology and Renowned Sports Stars, miCoach Offers the Only Totally Connected Training Program Created by Athletes for Athletes

06 Jun 2011

Ufc Undisputed 2010

So … you want to be a fighter?

24 Feb 2010

Thq and Nvidia Confirm Extensive Dx11 Feature Set and 3D Vision Support For Metro 2033

Upcoming FPS from 4A Games will boast the most advanced DX11 techniques yet seen in a PC title

17 Feb 2010

Extensive Demo Announced For Darksiders

Over 90 minutes of gameplay coming for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3

16 Feb 2010

Thq Springs Into Action with The Announcement Of All Star Karate, Currently in Development Exclusively For Wii

Latest Title in All Star Franchise Becomes First Video Game on Wii to Integrate Karate-Based Play

09 Feb 2010

Thq and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Announce Multi-Year Video Game License Agreements For "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel Of Fortune"

Popular Game Show Properties to Join THQ's Kids, Family and Casual Games Line-up

01 Feb 2010

Thq Confirms Release Date For Metro 2033

Post-apocalyptic first person shooter scheduled to reach European stores on March 19th – pre-order at selected retailers for bonus content

28 Jan 2010

Thq Unveils Its First Demolition Derby Style Party Game, Spongebob's Boating Bash

Game Lets Players "Crash-n-Bash" with Favorite SpongeBob Characters

20 Jan 2010

Thq Unveils Its First Demolition Derby Style Party Game, Spongebob's Boating Bash

Game Lets Players "Crash-n-Bash" with Favorite SpongeBob Characters

19 Jan 2010

Thq and Thq*Ice Want You To Win Big in The Dragonica Online Sweepstakes

Play Dragonica Online for a Chance to Win More Than $2,500 in Gift Card Prizes

18 Jan 2010

THQ Acquires Juice Games Ltd.

Critically-Acclaimed Developer of Juiced™ Franchise Becomes THQ’s First Internal European Studio

06 Mar 2006

THQ is #2 Independent Video Game Publisher

Company Also Increases Market Share.

06 Feb 2003

THQ and Majesco Sign International Publishing and Distribution Agreement

10 new titles bolster THQ International’s Game Boy Advance line-up.

06 Feb 2003

THQ Announces Wireless Entertainment Division

Doug Dyer named General Manager of THQ Wireless, THQ and Siemens announce new wireless gaming engine.

12 Apr 2002

THQ to Acquire Digital Entertainment Creator Rainbow Studios

THQ today announced that it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Rainbow Studios, a leading creator of digital entertainment.

12 Apr 2002

THQ adds Outrage Entertainment

New studio, Cranky Pants Games, also announced.

12 Apr 2002

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