Overnight the news of THQ closing its Australian offices was announced, as the company signed of a new distribution deal with All Interactive Entertainment.
Over the next few months THQ will begin the process of closing its Melbourne offices, and handing over distribution rights to AIE. It has been reported that the closure of the offices will result in the layoff of 18 employees.
THQ announced that it signed a new distribution agreement yesterday with AIE, making the THQ Melbourne offices redundant.
In a statement to Gamasutra, THQ confirm "it has made changes to its publishing organization in Australia, in line with THQ's corporate strategy to focus on wholly-owned IP and move away from affiliate label programs, we have evaluated how best to take our more-focused product lineup to market in the territory."
Ian Curran, THQ's executive vice president of global publishing, stated that "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."
Curran goes on to say that "the evolution of our distribution model in the Asia Pacific region will allow us to increase our reach with a lower cost model."
Director of AIE, Robert Kingston has said, "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."
THQ already let staff go in Australia earlier this year, along with numerous staff layoffs and office closures around the world.
CVG sends their best wishes to those affected in the Melbourne closure.