THQ Sets Deepak Chopra Title Release


Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is diverging from the usual, first-person-shooter and action games genre with its latest title, saying Monday that it will be publishing a new title from author Deepak Chopra. According to THQ, the new title will be published later this fall.

THQ Details Buyers, Numbers After Fire Sale


Troubled Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ has officially been broken up into pieces and sold, according to the firm Wednesday evening, after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court has granted a motion to approve a sale of the majority of THQ's assets to multiple buyers. THQ detailed the sale Wednesday night, saying the company's estate will receive approximately $72M in total through the sales of its owned studios and games in development.

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THQ Ties With Random House Publishing


Agoura-based THQ , the videogame maker, reported today that it has linked with publisher Random House Publishing Group , where the two will co-develop intellectual property. Random House and THQ said the two will develop a collection of games and books, as well as other media.

THQ Taps Naughty Dog's Rubin In Restructuring Effort


Agoura Hills-based THQ said Monday afternoon that it is in a "major" leadership restructuring, and has set Jason Rubin as President of the firm. THQ said Rubin will report to Brian Farrell, the company's Chairman and CEO, and that former EVP of Core Games Danny Bilson is leaving to "pursue other interests." In addition to co-founding Naughty Dog, Rubin also was co-founder of Flektor, which was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007.

Playcast Raises $10M For Video Game Streaming


Los Angeles-based Playcast Media Systems said this morning that it has raised $10M in a new, Series B funding round, for the firm's cloud based video game streaming service. PlayCast's customers include Activision, THQ, Capcom, and Atari. Playcast said the new round was led by MK Capital, and also included Israeli venture capital firm JVP, Xenia Venture Capital, and C.Mer Industries.


Like Pizza Aims At Mobile App Market


Pasadena-based Like Pizza , founded by veterans of Disney Mobile and THQ Wireless, says it has launched a new digital media studio, which it says will combine games and serialized animation into mobile apps. and app related to Cars, Toy Story, TRON, Thor, Captain America, and ESPN; he also was at THQ Wireless, Universal Interactive, Atari, and Fox interactive.


Games Go Social

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With all of the major console and PC video game companies in Los Angeles (Electronic Arts, Activision, THQ, Blizzard), it only makes sense to discuss how more and more games are bringing in aspects of social media to enhance game play. Tuesday, October 20, 2009 -- Games Go Social. SMCLA.


DriveCam Names Technology Vet As New CFO


Pucino is a veteran CFO at technology companies in Southern California, and has previously served as EVO and CFO of THQ, EVP and CFO of Classmates Media Corporation (part of United Online), in addition to serving as Digital Insight, Galileo International, Tekelec, and Dean Witter, Discovery & Co. San Diego-based DriveCam , the firm which develops hardware and services to help monitor fleet driving, said today that it has named Paul J.

Titan Gaming Taps Pierce, McCurdy For Board


Los Angeles-based Titan Gaming , the online gaming technology firm backed by the who's who of Southern California's angel investors, said today that it has added EA's Keith McCurdy and Affinity Media's Brock Pierce to its board, as well as appointed a number of executives.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009


When I drill down on that term, you can see why with posts like: Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Lops A Third Of Company THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office Citrix Cuts 10 Percent; Santa Barbara Hit And it's also interesting to see what geographies are being associated with "Layoffs" more often than others: Layoffs Woodland Hills Layoffs San Diego Layoffs Santa Monica Layoffs Los Angeles I guess this is a sign of the times.