This tends to happen when a company goes bankrupt. No money to pay off the debts, so those owed are left out in the cold. It sucks, but…
Game publisher THQ is technically gone; they went bankrupt and were dissolved earlier this year. The final IP auction is over with now, too, so at least some promising franchises got new homes.
But this doesn't mean THQ's problems are over. According to a new Polygon report , quite a few individuals and companies have claimed the now-defunct publishers owes them millions. Literally hundreds of parties want their money, including Wal-Mart (they want $1.6 million over a supplier agreement), the Entertainment Software Association ($190,000 for both space at E3), Codemasters ($1 million in unpaid game royalties), Double Fine ($595,00 for breach of contract) and Microsoft ($213,000 for royalties from Xbox 360 peripherals).
It's also interesting to note that former THQ executives filed their own claims. For instance, Brian Farrell is seeking $6.4 million, Jason Rubin wants $2 million, and Jason Kay also wants $2 million. Farrell says he's owed a lot due to being terminated "without cause," while Rubin claims THQ may have been negligent about its financial circumstances when they hired him.
Just one question: Where is all this money supposed to come from?