Rumor: THQ lays off 170+, including VP of tech Mark DeLoura [Updated]

According to International Game Developers Association Mobile SIG lead Kevin Dent, THQ has been hit with another round of layoffs, and this was was significantly larger than the last few. Among those effected are said to be over 170 employees, including the VP of tech Mark DeLoura. DeLoura's LinkedIn page pegs him as being "Responsible for technology strategy, the online game and MMO operations teams, the centralized online technology group, and relationships with platform and technology manufacturers."

His role in building MMO operations is especially troubling, as it plays right into previous rumors of game cancellations at the company, with the Warhammer 40k MMO said to be among the cut. THQ denied the rumors, saying that it hadn't made any decisions involving the MMO, but this news definitely brings that into question again. Though there's been no confirmation so far about DeLoura's status, his email address shoots back an "Mark DeLoura is no longer with THQ" reply, which is fairly ominous.

With sales down and the company facing delisting, things aren't looking good for THQ. We're really hoping that Kevin Dent is a big, rude, stinking liar... but that's likely not the case.

We've reached out to THQ PR for a comment and we'll be sure to let you know what we hear back.

[Update: THQ has confirmed that over 240 employees will be cut by March, and that CEO Brian Farrell has seen a 50% cut to his salary for the year. His 2012 earnings will be $359,250, down from $718,500. We don't even feel the need to poke fun at how silly that sounds.]


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  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - February 1, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Looks like the possible beginning of the end. Such a shame. I'm sure the top execs at THQ will make out like bandits before they go under and sell off their properties. Golden parachutes are in no short supply in corporate America.
  • ChrisCultista - February 1, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    And yet they still insist they are going to be making 'hardcore' games next year. Making them from what? Hope?
  • CitizenWolfie - February 2, 2012 12:54 a.m.

    THQ seem to be upsetting a lot of their fanbase lately. It's not that surprising to see their profits slipping. I'm a big fan of the WWE games, but every year they claim a new, big revolution for each WWE installment yet if you look beyond the PR talk, all they've done is re-introduce something they sneakily took out 3 years before. I got WWE 12 for Christmas, about a full month or so after the game had been released and the online servers were pretty bad then. It's now February and they released a patch on Jan 31 in order to fix it. All it's done is made something that didn't work very often into something that doesn't work at all.
  • Longnuts - February 2, 2012 1:03 a.m.

    What franchises does this company own? What's not going to be made?
  • tacehtselrahc - February 2, 2012 5:07 a.m.

    If THQ can learn from the mistakes they made last year, starting with the amount of resources they pointlessly threw at whole Homefront debacle then hopefully they can survive. They still have the Dawn of War RTS series and there have been rumours of a new Company of Heroes game, Metro: Last Light also looks interesting. Unfortunately they also have a lot of film license crap and Wii shovelware in their catalogue, which I doubt they see much of a return from.
  • LTS - February 2, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Anyone else notice how the "Q" in their new(ish) logo looks to reminiscent of a backwards question mark. It's as if they the logo is questioning itself. "Why? Why did you get something from THQ? Have you not learned?"

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