THQ Considers Linux Market As Revenue Source

As THQ struggles to save itself after a very protracted downward spiral, the company is exploring many options for bringing in money, and not just those that guarantee the company’s dissolution. For instance, in the wake of the recent highly successful THQ Humble Bundle, THQ president Jason Rubin is considering Linux-ports.

Speaking to Polygon, he said “There are vibrant communities of gamers using other operating systems besides the dominant ones, and a company like THQ should not overlook them.” The reason for this is that the THQ bundle included only PC versions of their games, which prompted a lot of requests from Linux users. About the possibility of Linux as a revenue source, he added “THQ is committed to look at anything that makes sense,” though he noted that doing so would bring costs the company could not easily work around.

Of course, in finest Linux community style, they even offered to help. “[G]amers have tweeted inventive ideas to me, such as letting the community help in the porting to bring down costs,” Rubin said. Great. Now, don’t misunderstand me; I’m down for more linux versions of popular games. But I cannot believe this would do anything for THQ besides win them good will. THQ’s problems run too deep for that.

Still, here’s hoping it happens.

Via Gamasutra.

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3 Comments on THQ Considers Linux Market As Revenue Source


On December 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Seems to me that maybe THQ should collaborate with Valve on this. With Steam expanding to Linux, many gamers outright rejecting Win8. The PC gaming market is ripe for a viable alternative to Windows gaming and those 2 together might be able to give it a push.


On December 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I wasn’t even aware those Linux hippies actually HAD money.


On December 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

A while ago somebody, mighta been R.J., posted something along the lines of envisioning Linux purists as feral hobos running systems made from scavenged parts utilizing electricity created from bicycle generators. Something like that. I spit half a can of pepsi on the keyboard after reading it, highly amusing. Proably not too far off the mark either.

That being said, I’ll happily support anything that might provide a viable alternative to where MS seems to want to take Windows. Unless they change direction, Win7 will be the last version I own. It will be a cold day in hell before Win8 gets anywhere near my rig.