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THQ Chooses Today of All Days to Fire Employees, Close Studio

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On the very day the deal was publicly announced which saw the rights to the UFC franchise pass from THQ to EA, the former has reportedly closed its San Diego studio, which was last responsible for WWE All Stars.


Kotaku has heard from some affected that, yes, most employees were informed of the decision today. The first day of E3. About as busy a day in the games press as you're ever going to get, meaning it's as good a chance they're going to get off burying the news under a flood of trailers and game announcements.


The studio had apparently been working on THQ's next UFC game, which is obviously no longer needed.

We've contacted THQ for confirmation, and will update if we hear back.

UPDATE - THQ has confirmed the closure, telling Kotaku:

THQ confirms that today's announcement regarding the UFC license transition will affect the company's San Diego studio. THQ is working closely with those relevant staff to either find possible employment within the company, or potentially with EA.

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So they should've waited until after E3? Laying off people is never any easy thing to do and there is never a good time to do it. Be it before, after or during E3, on a Monday, Friday or any other day during the week. If they hadn't done it today then people would've been wondering what was to happen with the former THQ UFC team.

It's not like E3 is a sacred holiday. It's a few days taken to showcase games, studios, platforms and all that comes with the video game industry.