THQ after signing a new distribution agreement in Australia is going to close its Melbourne offices in the coming months. All of THQ's titles will now be distributed through third party All Interactive Entertainment (AIE) in Australia, therefore the company has no need for its Asia Pacific anymore.
A THQ spokesperson, in a statement to Gamasutra, has said that "approximately 18 employees were impacted by this action."
"The evolution of our distribution model in the Asia Pacific region will allow us to increase our reach with a lower cost model," THQ’s executive vice president of global publishing Ian Curran confirmed in a statement. "AIE is a trusted business partner with whom we have worked with for many years as our distributor in New Zealand. We believe the company will benefit from AIE’s backing and comprehensive distribution network across Australia."
Robert Kingston, director of AIE acknowledged the appointment, saying "We are delighted to broaden our relationship with a top publisher such as THQ. We look forward to bringing THQ’s highly-anticipated new video game releases and existing game portfolio to our retail network in the territory."
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