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THQ appoints ex EA boss

THQ has announced a new vice president of production, Rob Moravek, who previously headed up EA Canada.

Working directly with current THQ president, Jason Rubin, the pair are set to try and turn around the poor fortunes of the publisher, that has over the last 12 months met with many downturns, disappointments and staff firings.

“Ron is an exceptional development executive with unique perspective on the industry from both a creative and business point of view,” said Rubin in a statement (via CVG).

“His entrepreneurial experience as well as his ability to drive dynamic teams is a great fit for our strategic objectives. Additionally, Ron’s experience building high-quality products will help us continue to deliver great games and build upon our foundation to innovate digitally in the future.”

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THQ: Stating afloat

New great games are something THQ desperately needs. Over the past year it’s downsized dramatically, letting go many staff from its in-house and external studios. It also had issues with Addidas after failing to produce the app turned game miCoach on time. Ultimately that dispute was resolved, but to detractors, it seemed like another nail in the coffin. However THQ has persisted, despite the fact that its share price is threatening to have it delisted from NASDAQ and that its long time development Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millenium MMO is now set to be an RPG because there simply wasn’t the money to finish it.

KitGuru Says: With licenses like Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 and the WWE, it seems hard to believe THQ would ever fully fold, but it needs to deliver more Dawn of War and less Space Marine if it wants to remain a big player. Just push Relic games, that developer rules.

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