AGOURA HILLS, Calif.. September 8, 2009 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Windysoft Co., Ltd (www.windysoft.net) today announced a publishing agreement for Company of Heroes® Online™, an online-only version of THQ’s critically acclaimed 3D Real-Time Strategy (RTS) PC game Company of Heroes®, for the South Korean market.
Under the terms of the deal, Windysoft will act as the exclusive service provider of Company of Heroes Online in South Korea, managing everything from distribution to customer service and community management. THQ will work closely with Windysoft to provide ongoing technical support and live content for Company of Heroes Online for the Korean market.
“Windysoft is very pleased to be the exclusive publisher of Company of Heroes Online, which is based on THQ’s original world-class RTS PC game, Company of Heroes,” said Chil-Hyun Baek, CEO of Windysoft Co., Ltd. “Windysoft will dedicate all of our efforts to provide Korean gamers with the best game experience for Company of Heroes Online, working closely with THQ and Relic.”
“We selected Windysoft to operate THQ’s Company of Heroes online game in South Korea because of their strong expertise and success in online PC Publishing as well as their passion to deliver an exceptional gaming experience to the Korean gamer. We look forward to working very closely with them to achieve great success,” said Martin Good, Senior Vice President, THQ Asia Pacific and Global Online Publishing.
The original Company of Heroes was released to broad critical acclaim in 2006. The game is set in World War II and brings to life the journey of the men of Able Company as they fight across Europe. The RTS hit has won more than 37 awards to date, including six "PC Game of the Year" and 12 "Strategy Game of the Year" awards. In addition, the game is listed in more than 10 "Top 10 Games of 2006" lists. Company of Heroes Online is set to deliver a persistent Company of Heroes experience for online gamers where players will be able to build their character up from private to general through new multiplayer cooperative missions, game play modes, and epic battles against rival players.
Since its establishment in 2002, WindySoft Co., Ltd. has retained a high reputation as a specialist in Premium casual (or so-called “mid-core”) online games by demonstrating its great success with “GetAmped” publishing in Korea. The development/publishing of other games such as GA2, Cosmic Break, Katamari Damacy Online, MegaTen Online, Rusty Hearts and HEVA led to the build-up of a no.1 Action gaming portal called “Windyzone.com.” Moreover, titles like Kunio(River City Ransom) Online, Infinity, and Kart N Crazy are already licensed to each partner in Japan, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Europe and other South East Asia territories. With the distinctive KNOW-HOW from managing 13 million customers of “Getamped Online”, WindySoft will keep providing a variety of game business models to its selective partners. While ensuring the stable revenue projection, WINDY VALUE CHAIN will continue to extend its resource efficient business partnerships throughout the world. Lastly, it is WindySoft’s ultimate goal to entertain every single gamer in the world.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ, Relic Entertainment, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes Online, and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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