For Immediate Release
17th October 2005
Focus Multimedia, one of the UK's leading budget software publishers, has acquired the exclusive sales and distribution rights to the impressive back catalogue of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) Windows PC CD-ROM products in the UK.
The partnership means that Focus adds THQ's critically-acclaimed range of CD-ROM titles to a well established portfolio that already includes titles from Ubisoft, Britannica, LEGO, Oxford University Press and Scholastic.
The first phase of CD-ROM titles are expected to be reissued by Focus Multimedia at sub-£10 price points between now and Christmas 2005. These initial launch titles will be repackaged and incorporated into Focus' best-selling branded ranges: Revival (SRP £4.99), PC Fun Club (SRP £4.99) and Essential (SRP £9.99). Many more releases are planned over the next 2 years.
Craig Johnson, managing director of Focus Multimedia, said: "I'm delighted to welcome THQ's superb range of PC titles into our continually growing portfolio of best-sellers. THQ is recognised worldwide as a leading games publisher, and we're excited to partner with them."
He added: "With the addition of THQ's key licensed properties and critically-acclaimed games, there's no doubt that Focus Multimedia's software line-up going into Q4 is our strongest ever."
"This is a great opportunity for THQ to develop our existing portfolio of great games," stated Roy Campbell, managing director, THQ (UK) Ltd. "Working with Focus on our expansive back catalogue of games is a great opportunity for THQ to expand our business and realise the success of these titles."
About Focus Multimedia
Focus Multimedia is one of the leading PC CD-ROM budget software publishers in UK retail, specialising in high quality, affordable PC CD-ROMs for all the family. The Focus range consists of over 300 titles in 9 different categories - including Games, Lifestyle, Creativity, Knowledge and Travel. Focus Multimedia has distribution channels into major retail outlets such as PC World, WH Smith, Woolworths, GAME, via the Internet through amazon.co.uk and play.com as well as non-traditional chains. More information about Focus Multimedia and its products can be found at www.focusmm.co.uk.
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 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ and THQ Wireless and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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