During all the media coverage of E3, THQ has gone on to officially close down its San Diego studio, leading to the layoffs of all their employees. The studio was currently working on a new UFC title, although news from E3 revealed that THQ had sold the rights to the UFC franchise to EA for an undisclosed amount. The new official partnership between EA and UFC is a multiyear deal.
THQ released a statement that the transition won’t be all that bad for employees:
“THQ confirms that today’s announcement regarding the UFC license transition will affect the company’s San Diego studio… THQ is working closely with those relevant staff to either find possible employment within the company, or potentially with EA.”
The closure of the studio is the direct result of THQ selling its UFC license to EA in a bid to provide immediate financial relief to the company.
Analysis: It seems to me that the industry has seen vast amount of layoffs lately, and it pains me to have find this during what is supposed to be a week for gamers to be excited and look forward to the future of gaming with E3 currently taking place in Los Angeles. The studio was responsible for THQ’s UFC Undisputed games as well as WWE All-Stars, which was released last year. Both titles were enjoyable and well made.
Although it’s an understandable move by THQ that will benefit them more now, it’s a business decision that no one really wants to see. Hopefully, all those who are affected will successfully find work at either THQ or EA.