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THQ 2011.svg
Founded 1990-04-??
Closed 2013-01-23
Headquarters Agoura Hills, California, US
Other Names *T•HQ, Inc.
  • T•HQ Software
  • Malibu Games
  • Black Pearl Software
  • Kokopeli Digital Studios
  • THQ, Inc.

THQ Inc. was an American video game company based in Agoura Hills, California. It was founded in April 1990 by Jack Friedman, originally in Calabasas, and became a public company the following year through a reverse merger takeover. Initially working in the toy business, it expanded into the video game business through several acquisitions before shifting its focus away from toys entirely. THQ continued its trend of acquiring companies through the 2000s.

The company published both internally created and externally licensed content in its product portfolio. THQ's internally created game series included Darksiders, De Blob, Destroy All Humans!, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, and Saints Row, among others. The company also held exclusive, long-term licensing agreements with sports and entertainment content creators, such as Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Pixar, and WWE.

The company is mainly known for publishing NES, SNES and Game Boy games in its earlier years.

Music Development


Nick Eastridge created THQ's SNES sound driver. Later it was updated to use the SLICK/Audio driver from Bitmasters.


THQ used GEMS.


Nick Eastridge also created THQ's Game Boy sound driver.

Audio Personnel

(Note: Since THQ is not a game developer and outsourced games, the composers will be listed with their companies listed.)

Eastridge Technology/Development composers/Solid Software



Radiance Software

Sculptured Software


Bethesda Softworks

Software Creations

Radical Entertainment



Malibu Interactive

Unexpected Development


Probe Software/Crawfish Interactive

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