THQ Partners on the hunt for hits

THQ says its new Partners division can help studios produce global ‘tent-pole’ hits.

The publisher announced its new partnership initiative last month, which will see THQ offer a range of titles from independent developers and publishers via its online retail distribution network.

The model is akin to EA Partners, which has strong ties with the likes of Crytek, Epic Games, Valve, Insomniac, Respawn and MTV Games.

The division is led by Tim Walsh, who joins from IGA Worldwide.

THQ Partners is looking for all types of games, but of course we predominantly want high-quality games that will be global tent-pole hits,” Walsh told MCV.

My goal is to grow THQ partners to a point where we have a group of studios and developers that we build long term relationships with by leveraging the best of each other’s strengths.”

THQ Partners will allow studios to produce and keep ownership of their IP, with the option of outsourcing their publishing, distribution and marketing plans to THQ.

THQ has an incredible global publishing team,” added Walsh. Award-winning sales, marketing and distribution in all the major markets and coverage of every consumer territory.”

Additional reporting by Dom Sacco and Chris Dring

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