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THQ Games To Be Auctioned Off Separately

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While THQ’s financial woes were no secret, last month’s news of their filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy did catch the gaming world by surprise.  The publisher entered into a bidding agreement to sell all game licenses, studios, and assets to Clearlake Capital Group for approximately $60 million.  That sum included a $10 million note to pay off THQ’s long list of creditors and investors.  However, complaints were raised that the proposed deal was created more for purpose of keeping THQ’s operations in one piece rather than paying off their debts.  The sale was blocked by a Delaware judge last week, stating that the agreements between THQ and Clearlake did not offer other potential buyers enough time to enter bids.

The drawn out process of THQ’s demise took another step towards some form of closure today.  As reported by Distressed Debt Investing, Clearlake and THQ’s creditors have agreed upon the piecemeal auctioning of THQ’s titles on January 22nd.  That means that each of the publisher’s remaining franchises, including Saints Row, Darksiders, and Homefront, will be sold off individually to the highest bidder.  Reportedly, Ubisoft, Activision, Electronic Arts, and Warner Brothers have all shown an interest in one or more THQ’s game licenses and spent the past weekend researching and preparing bids.

So what are your thoughts, single-players?  It’s unfortunate to see THQ picked apart in this fashion, but where do you think the pieces will end up?  Which publisher do you want to see take over your favorite franchises?  Let us know your thoughts.  In the meantime, we’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and let you know where the pieces falls.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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