The lights are on
THQ is consolidating its two QA teams to one location at its Montreal studio. In doing so, it plans to close the QA facility based in Phoenix, Ariz. over the course of this year. In total, 57 employees have been affected and some will have the option of moving to Montreal.
Below is THQ's full statement sent to Game Informer:
Montreal is a prime location for industry talent, has favorable economics, and is a big part of our future game development plans. With those considerations in mind, we have made the business decision to consolidate our two Quality Assurance operations into one location at THQ Montreal. The studio in Montreal is already home to a global team of Quality Assurance professionals.The transition will occur gradually throughout the remainder of 2012 while we continue to manage QA for our FY’13 release slate.
As part of this reorganization, THQ has notified 57 affected employees (full and part-time) at our QA facility in Phoenix. Some of the affected QA employees are eligible and may choose to relocate to Montreal; however the final number is not known at this time and will depend on a number of factors. The decision to move QA operations was driven by industry, market and economic trends.
We want to thank all of our QA team members in Phoenix for the outstanding work they have done in the past, and will continue to do during the transition in order to bring the highest quality games to our audience.
Wow... that's one tough decision
THQ, Activision, and many other developers are just having so many issues right now. Truly, it's kind of troubling to think that nobody is safe- even nice little companies such as Blue Castle... (Which was easily proved to be in trouble the other day as well, employees wise...) >:
Here's hoping they can get everything to work out for them. Their reverse split of their stock appears to have worked in saving them from de-listing by NASDAQ.
That's depressing, I hope as many as possible make to move to the Montreal studio.
I hope THQ doesn't end up like 38 Studios.
Well I hope those affected land on their feet.
I really hope THQ does not go under. I have liked them since I was younger due to me playing WWE games all the time, and now I am a big fan of the Darksiders series, as well as the Homefront series.
I was recently in Montreal and walked right past THQ. I was almost positive that it was the video game company. Turns out I was right
That is very depressing. Hopefully, all of those employees will keep their job and move to Montreal. Also, the reason why this is happening is because of THQ's fault. If they never had made the uDraw tablet in the first place, they wouldn't be in this situation.
Wow that really sucks :/