American video game publisher, THQ (NASDAQ: THQI), will close two of its Australian studios, Brisbane-based THQ Studio Australia and Melbourne-based Blue Tongue Entertainment.
In a statement to Kotaku Australia, THQ mentioned a narrowed focus on owned IP as the reason for the closure of the two studios, which are expected to affect about 200 people.
THQ instead aims to focus on its remaining five internal studios worldwide to create video games based on its own IP instead of movie-based and licensed kids’ video games, which is part of THQ’s business strategy “to move away from games that will not generate strong profits in the future".
Despite the shuttering of the two studios, THQ expects to continue investing its capital and resources in its growing digital business, such as social games, mobile and tablet-based digital entertainment.
Blue Tongue Entertainment was acquired by THQ in 2004 and recently released de Blob 2 for Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, while THQ Studio Australia was founded in 2003 and released Megamind: Ultimate Showdown for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last year.