Saints Row – The Third: THQ Lets Go of More Employees
THQ has laid off a number employees as it changes some of its business strategy. The company does not want to mention the number of employees that has been fired but it made the confirmation that some internal development studios had not been affected by the lay-offs. These studios are THQ San Diego, THQ Montreal, Relic, Vigil and Volition.
THQ has confirmed through Game Informer that the reduction of the number of employees was done on the company’s administration office and publishing organization. The company is also leaving behind or removing the kid’s licensed games category. THQ is instead focusing on its main game franchises as well as “developing its digital initiatives.” The lay-offs confirmed lately just belong to a fresh batch because THQ had already laid off 30 staff members and even an executive vice president from the company’s uDraw team. This follows up after the tablet peripheral has resulted to disappointing sales.
Early this week, some members of the THQ staff were considered under qualified as senior executives. These include CEO Brian Farrell. These employees were blamed for “chronic and constant mismanagement”. THQ plans to discuss the details of its new planned business model in its third quarter conference call, which will actually be happening soon – this Thursday, February 2, 2012.
Sometimes, a company does not have a choice but to fire or lay off some employees. This action can be necessary to preserve or boost the high quality of a company’s products. However, this does not take away the inherent harshness of the action towards the employees that have been laid off. It is still a shocking turn of events that some will not be able to accept right away. It is good that THQ is making its layoffs public in a sense that it is able to give out reasons for its actions.