THQ Inc. was a worldwide international American developer and publisher of video games based out of Agoura Hills, California. Founded in 1989, the company developed products for video game consoles, handheld game systems, personal computers, and wireless devices.
The company published internally created and externally licensed content in its product portfolio. THQ's internally created franchises such as Saints Row, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Company of Heroes, and the Darksiders Series. The company also held exclusive, long-term licensing agreements with leading sports and entertainment content creators including World Wrestling Entertainment, Games Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney-Pixar.
After several years of financial struggles and an increasing amount of debt, THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2012. On January 22, 2013, the company sold off all but one of its studios and related properties at an auction to other video game developers. In addition, most of the remaining staff were laid off.
The Darksiders IP was sold to Nordic Games in an auction.