Following on with more bad news for already troubled publisher, GamesIndustry International is reporting
that THQ has today confirmed that the leaked internal email
by 3D Realms co-founder George Broussard is indeed true, with around 20 non-development staff losing their jobs.
This news comes as THQ revises its publishing and development plans, including the scale back of several titles and studios. The recent lay offs have been assured as only cutbacks to the publisher's Marketing and Production team, and that no development teams have been affected.
"The worst part of restructuring is clearly the restructuring. As you know, it is my vision for THQ to enter into new markets though new distribution methodologies, and reaching those consumers in those markets will take a different approach to marketing," memo from incoming president Jason Rubin begins.
"In our quest to make these changes, I have been looking at the Marketing and Production structure at HQ along with the heads of those departments, Rich Williams and Ron Moravek. We have identified changes that need to be made and thus today we reduced the size of these departments by about 20 individuals."
Rubin also assures that gamers can expect any upcoming or future titles to not be affected by the cut backs, and also that the company will most likely be re-hiring in the future.