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THQ lays off 'about 20' non-development staff - report

Marketing and production teams undergo restructuring

THQ has laid off "about 20 individuals" from its marketing and production teams, according to a reportedly leaked internal email from THQ boss Jason Rubin.

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In the email, which a 'source' leaked to 3D Realms' George Broussard who shared it online, the move comes as part of THQ's efforts to "enter into new markets though new distribution methodologies", which will require "a different approach to marketing".

Development teams are said to have gone unaffected and thus no impact is expected on THQ's ongoing projects.

"I am genuinely excited about both the quality of work and the innovation happening at the company right now. When I look forward to the type of games and digital experiences we will deliver over the next few years, I see a new THQ taking a new market position in a very different industry environment," concludes the email.

The Darksiders 2 publisher returned to profit in its last quater, marking a more encouraging future for the embattled company following clampdowns on sales, marketing and distribution, which resulted in dramatic reductions to operating expenses.

THQ's new direction is to cultivate a more agile company with long-term sustainability the priority. The company will release just five core games for the financial year ending March 2013.

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