THQ Parts Ways With Danny Bilson

THQ Parts Ways With Danny Bilson

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THQ Executive Vice President Danny Bilson is out, and Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin is in.

The THQ upheaval continues as Executive Vice President of Core Games Danny Bilson, who's been with the company since early 2008, has left "to pursue other interests." Executives often come and go without notice but Bilson has been the face of THQ for years, and hasn't been shy about speaking his mind. In 2009 he called the Wii "a Monopoly box in a closet," and in 2010 he said Homefront would stand out from other modern military shooters because there'd be no "steroided-out super-soldiers waving the American flag." He also spoke out about his displeasure with the critical reaction to that game, saying Homefront is "clearly" better than its 71 aggregate score on Metacritic and that "you can't apply math to art."

The exact circumstances of Bilson's departure are a bit fuzzy; his LinkedIn profile still lists his THQ employment as current and THQ's announcement wasn't exactly effusive in its praise. Aside from the usual "other interests" bit, the company said only that "Danny has made significant contributions to THQ, and we thank him for his efforts." Also leaving is Dave Davis, the senior vice president of core studios. "Along with Danny, Dave has been instrumental in getting our strong pipeline into production," THQ added.

Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, meanwhile, who co-created the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter game franchises, has been appointed president of THQ. "Jason's proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business," said THQ Chairman and CEO Brian Farrell. "We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences."

Rubin will be joined at THQ by Jason Kay, a former HBO executive who will serve as the company's Chief Strategic Officer. Rubin and Kay have previously worked together as co-founders of Flektor, a web-based app that let people created and share mashups of photos, videos and music on social networking sites. Flektor ceased operation in 2009.

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I think their stock price just went up ten points, as did the company's collective IQ.

Didnt think there was still a THQ to leave from, let alone appoint someone too.

Andy Chalk:

Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, meanwhile, who co-created the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter game franchises, has been appointed president of THQ.

Like being forced behind the wheel of an already out of control car, headed straight for a wall.

Good. Hopefully Rubin can steer the Saints Row franchise back to its awesome SR1 and 2 roots rather than the "stupid sex/fart jokes only junior high school boys find funny" nonsense that was SR3. I don't know how much influence THQ has over Volition, but I'm willing to bet Bilson was a big part of that dumbness.

"Can't apply math to art"

Kind of true... except that in regards to HomeFront, we're not talking about art.

Good timing if you ask me. Company of Heroes 2 is on the horizon and if Relic pulls it off it can only bring good news for THQ.

let's hope this can save THQ

NameIsRobertPaulson:
"Can't apply math to art"

Kind of true... except that in regards to HomeFront, we're not talking about art.

correction, we're talking about vomit.

Andy Chalk:
he said Homefront would stand out from other modern military shooters because there'd be no "steroided-out super-soldiers waving the American flag."

Didn't hear about this part, but considering it sold itself on the fact that BAD GUYS DO BAD THINGS this basically disproved it.

Captcha: good buddy

The exact opposite of Connor Morgan.

Lol, that guy defended Homefront, the most sickening overrated piece of shit American nationalism game in years, by saying it wouldn't have people waving the American flag?

What's his next job? Information minister of Iraq?

Captain abandoning his sinking ship, huh? Hopefully this new guy can help stop the leakage. While I don't think they've ever made a stellar game, THQ has some really good franchises that I'd like to see more of.

Blablahb:
Lol, that guy defended Homefront, the most sickening overrated piece of shit American nationalism game in years, by saying it wouldn't have people waving the American flag?

What's his next job? Information minister of Iraq?

Nah, too blatantly full of shit, even for that. Besides, FOX shares his problem of not knowing what "not a steroid taking super soldier waving the US flag or a commie" means, they'll sympathize no doubt.

RonHiler:
Good. Hopefully Rubin can steer the Saints Row franchise back to its awesome SR1 and 2 roots rather than the "stupid sex/fart jokes only junior high school boys find funny" nonsense that was SR3. I don't know how much influence THQ has over Volition, but I'm willing to bet Bilson was a big part of that dumbness.

I wouldn't be surprised if he was, the first two games aren't going to be winning prizes for maturity, but they were actually fun, and had a great mix between realistic and batshit insane. SR3 on the other hand forgot the fun part.

 

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