In a FORM 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), bankrupt game publisher THQ disclosed that certain transactions that were the result of a massive asset auction have closed. The company also disclosed particulars on the current employment of its interim president Edward L. Kaufman.
Atari Inc., the US division of French parent company Atari S.A., has asked a U.S. bankruptcy court for permission to auction off its assets in July. The assets include the Atari logo, the Test Drive, Asteroids, Pong, Total Annihilation, and Rollercoaster Tycoon franchises.
Atari filed for bankruptcy in January and tried to solicit bids for its entire catalog, but the 15 offers it received were deemed unacceptable. Now the company hopes to divide its assets up and sell them separately in hopes of generating more cash to pay down its debtors.
According to this Kotaku report citing two unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation, TimeGate Studios has laid off its entire staff. The developer behind Section 8 and the co-developer of Aliens: Colonial Marines sent everyone home early today according to the sources.
Aliens: Colonial Marines co-developer and Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas Southern Bankruptcy Court, according to court documents obtained by Polygon.
THQ's long list of creditors are seeking an estimated $200 million from the bankrupt publisher, according to a filing with the Bancrupcty Court of Delaware.
Monster Meltdown and Death Inc. developer Ambient Studios announced on its company website that it will be shutting down as a result of serious financial issues.
THQ announced that it will auction off the remaining assets it didn't manage to sell as part of its bankruptcy. The company hopes to sell the remainder of its intellectual properties by mid-May. Initial bids must be submitted by April 1, with final bids required by April 15. Last month, the bankruptcy court approved the sales of three of THQ's studios and games in development, as well as Evolve, a working title under development at Turtle Rock Studios, Homefront 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Stick of Truth.
UK retailer HMV will close an additional 37 retail stores and cut 464 more jobs, according to a CVG report. The latest round of store closures add to the 66 stores that were recently closed throughout the UK, and the loss of 930 jobs. The closures were announced by Deloitte, the company overseeing HMV's administration.
UK retailer HMV has managed to secure key new music, video games, and movie releases, after reaching an agreement with key suppliers this week. Earlier in the week it was announced that HMV closed 66 retail stores, which employed an estimated 930 workers.
More bad news for employees of HMV - particularly those 300 employees that worked for the UK-based retailer in Ireland. The Ireland-based division of the company has been shut down and some 300 employees are to be affected by the closures, according to a report in the Irish Examiner. All 16 of HMV’s stores have been closed according to the report, and the company has admitted that it was unable to find a buyer and that the stores would remain closed.
Deloitte, the administrator handling HMV's UK-based business, has identified 66 HMV stores that will be closed in the next two months, according to a Eurogamer report. These retail store closures will affect 930 employees, the firm announced.
While it won't come as any shock, THQ has filed a FORM 8-K with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("Item 5.02 - Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers") that it sacked its top executives on January 30, 2013. Given that the company was sold off to various bidders in bits and pieces in an auction in late January, it makes sense that they would inevitably have to let their executives go into the wild. The online filing reads as follows:
UK Retailer HMV has cut 190 jobs across the board, according to administrator Deloitte. Earlier reports had pegged the layoffs at 60, but the group overseeing the retailer's administration later confirmed the larger number. Most notably HMV’s head of technology and games Ewan Pinder was given a pink slip today. The 60 workers who lost jobs were apparently from HMV's head office in the UK.
Former THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson laments the dismantling and sale of THQ and its various properties and studios. Bilson worked for more than four years at the publisher before being replaced by former Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin When asked by Polygon for his reaction to all the news surrounding the auctioning off of THQ's assets, Bilson offered the following:
Last night we detailed what assets THQ sold off as part of its auction to generate enough cash to pay down some of its debt, and today we know just how much. The information comes from THQ's filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The court has approved the sale of the assets, but the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will continue as the former top-three publisher figures out what to do with its remaining assets.
Update: THQ has sold the WWE game license to Take-Two, according to IGN.