Ubisoft consider THQ purchase, reports say

Ubisoft is giving some serious thought to scooping up THQ's assets, according to reports in industry magazine MCV. Unnamed sources told MCV that Ubisoft has had lengthy discussions with THQ and investment firm Clearlake Capital Capital group about acquiring the company.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot admitted last month that his company would be interested in THQ's brands were they to hit the auction block.

"What happened to [THQ] is something that happens regularly when we have transition," Guillemot told GamesIndustry International. "Some can make it, some decide to go in different direction. It happened with Atari and Midway and also Acclaim last generation. … It's something that happens in this industry and that's the way the industry consolidates.

"[THQ has] good things," Guillemot said. "We are always interested in good brands. For sure, it's something we can consider, but I can't tell you more."

While Ubisoft has made no secret of its interest in THQ's assets, MCV said, it could be prepared to wait until the ailing publisher has no choice but to sell them off piecemeal to get a better price--as was the case after Midway declared bankruptcy.

THQ's various licenses and development studios could be a boon for growing Ubisoft, though it remains to be seen if and how the purchase will actually come about. For the moment, THQ president Jason Rubin has made it clear that business will proceed as normal at the publisher and its studios.


  • Shampali - December 25, 2012 3:59 a.m.

    I don't see any harm in this for us gamers
  • SUCKxITxEZ - December 23, 2012 1:18 a.m.

    Ubisoft making saints row and redfaction? ya i guess im cool with that.
  • KnowYourPokemon - December 22, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    I don't see anything wrong with this. I don't see Ubisoft doing anything to hurt THQs franchises and if it means more good games on multiple platforms then I won't complain.
  • r00stert00th - December 22, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Whatever it takes to continue Darksiders...
  • Doommidget - December 22, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    I hope THQ can avoid being purchased by Ubisoft. I guess it wouldn't be a terrible turn of events if it happened, providing Ubisoft don't f**k up the future releases with ridiculous DRM.
  • canann - December 22, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    Well I'm just happy Activision has not come into the fray. Yet. I hope never.
  • D0CCON - December 21, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    This does seem to be the best fit for THQ. It's weird seeing the Humble THQ bundle and the ridiculously cheap THQ pack on Steam, but maybe this could work out in the end.
  • NikolasAC - December 21, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    I'm sad to see THQ crumble like it has, but Ubisoft is easily the best second option for the company.
  • yasmarc - December 21, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Is it sad that I always confused these two publishers anyways? This would make it much easier to remember!
  • jackthemenace - December 22, 2012 2:52 a.m.

    I didn't confuse them, exactly, but I had kinda always assumed they were related somehow. OIt'd be good to see them working together to save all of THQ's assets. Especially Darksiders.
  • Tranquilbez34 - December 21, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    THQ Games are a great fit for Ubisoft, They manage to shit out great games on a yearly basis, they might be able to improve the WWE Franchise as well and give Homefront a sequal

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