The US videogame company behind popular titles "Saints Row" and "Red
Faction" said on Wednesday it had filed for bankruptcy while wrangling
to sell its assets to "a stalking horse bidder."
California-based THQ Inc. planned to continue operating its business while positioning itself to be taken over.
are pleased to have attracted a strong financial partner for our
business, and we hope to complete the sale swiftly to make the process
as seamless as possible," THQ chairman Brian Farrell said in a release.
sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ's
transformation and position the company for the future, as we remain
confident in our existing pipeline of games, the strength of our studios
and THQ's deep bench of talent."
The company's operations outside of the United States were not included in the filing in US federal bankruptcy court.
moves came as the traditional console videogame industry grapples to
adapt to the booming popularity of games played on smartphones, tablet
computers, or at online social networks.
People are increasingly
opting for inexpensive fun in "free-to-play" games which base revenues
on optional in-game purchases such as added powers or virtual gear for
THQ franchises include urban gang themed
adventure "Saints Row" and shooter "Red Faction." The company has also
published videogames based on Pixar films, professional wrestling, and
mixed martial arts.
"We look forward to partnering with experienced investors for a new start," said THQ president Jason Rubin.
company said that it planned no employee layoffs and that studios will
continue to work on a "pipeline of games" including a Company of Heroes
Clearlake Capital Group acting as a "stalking horse bidder" allows THQ to accept competing offers, according to the company.