THQ Lays Off 150 Employees, Including VP of Tech Mark DeLoura


It’s been a rough January for American game publishers THQ. On the 16th, news hit that the company was planning to cancel its 2014 line-up. Ten days later, an anonymous ex-employee went public, excoriating the company’s board and making dire predictions about the future. Within a week, it was clear that the author knew what he was talking about — THQ shuttered satellite studios in Japan and Australia and faced down a humiliating delisting from the NASDAQ (THQ stock had fallen below $1/share for more than 30 days).

Today, the carnage continued. Joystiq reports 150 more layoffs — this time, from THQ headquarters. Included among the firings is VP of Tech Mark DeLoura, manager for the publisher’s now-cancelled Warhammer 40K MMO project. As long-time employees and highly anticipated games disappear left and right, the Agoura Hills, CA company seems to be in dire straits. They are, understandably, circling their PR wagons — expect no comment from THQ until Thursday, when they plan to provide updates during a scheduled investor call.

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4 Comments on THQ Lays Off 150 Employees, Including VP of Tech Mark DeLoura


On February 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Oh well, atleast we can look forward to no more boringhammer 40 fail games.

Ross Lincoln

On February 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Dammit, this better not make the season pass for SR3 moot. I WANT MORE OF THAT.

Mortimer McMire

On February 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I’m betting half the guys and girls they laid off were QC specialists for WWE ’12, considering how BROKEN Community Creations still is…..


On February 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

God ing damnit.