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THQ auction results are in, Nordic Games places highest bid for Darksiders

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The second bidding period for THQ’s intellectual properties came to an end recently, with the bids for the collection of IP lots closing last week. A total of 17 bids for the remaining franchises of the now defunct THQ were received, and the results from the final auction have now been revealed.

Nordic Games placed the highest bid for the Darksiders franchise, and was also the highest bidder for MX vs ATV and Red Faction. The publisher also successfully bid for many of the other IPs in the auction, including Destroy All Humans, Summoner, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Supreme Commander and Frontlines. The acquisition, which cost $4.9 million, must, however, still be approved by the court.

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CEO Lars Wingefors commented, “We are very happy about this deal which also turns over a new leaf for the entire Nordic Games Group. In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles.”

“A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new instalments of acquired IPs.”

505 Games secured the rights to Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter. These two titles were included in Lot 5, Other Owned Software, but somehow the publisher pulled the two from the lot and bid $300 000.

Gearbox Software bid $1.35 million and was the highest bidder for the Homeworld franchise.

What do you think of the publisher’s who have acquired the rights to the franchises? Are you happy and what do you expect to come from the new projects in the future?


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