THQ Opens New Office in Shanghai

THQ announces the opening of its new office in Shanghai, China, from which THQ will pursue new development opportunities and expand publishing partnerships in the fast growing Chinese market. Building on its relationships established with local Chinese developers and publishers over the past several years, THQ's new Shanghai office will spearhead the expansion of local partnerships to develop and publish both online and packaged games for distribution in China and around the world.

Later this fiscal year, the company plans to launch Company of Heroes Online, a free to play, micro-transaction game designed specifically for Asia, in collaboration with its China publishing partner Shanda Interactive Entertainment.

Tim Page, market development director for Asia Pacific, THQ, will lead efforts to expand THQ's online gaming portfolio by establishing and maintaining local publishing partnerships as well as bringing THQ online content to other markets around the world. Page's extensive experience includes more than 12 years in the games industry both in and across Asia Pacific. Over the past few years, he has been driving THQ's online strategy for Asia, building successful partnerships and sourcing new online products, many of which are yet to be announced.

Kevin Chu, corporate director of THQ's External Development Group (XDG), will run THQ's global outsourcing operations and assist in local product development initiatives from Shanghai. Chu, also a veteran of the video game industry, has extensive experience training and building teams in the Asia region. His strong track record of successful co-development partnerships and distributed development projects has driven millions in cost savings, enhanced product quality and improved production efficiencies.

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