Sega files lawsuit against THQ
THQ may be more-or-less dead, but companies aren’t willing to let go just yet. Game publisher Sega has filed a claim with the Delaware US Bankruptcy Court worth $941,710.93. The filing is over the money that Valve paid THQ for the pre-order of Company of Heroes 2 on Steam. Sega had earlier acquired the rights to the Company of Heroes IP for $26.6 million when THQ’s assets were sold to pay off debtors. Collectively, this puts the total amount THQ owes its debtors to over $200 million.
According to the filing, 20,755 copies of Company of Heroes 2 were pre-ordered through Steam between September 2012 and January 24, 2013. This generated a total of $1,345,301.29 in revenue. Cutting out Valve’s 30 percent cut on Steam sales gives the $941,710.93 amount. Out of this amount, Sega states that $508,877.85 should be a priority because Valve paid the amount to THQ after December 19, which was the day THQ filed for bankruptcy protection.
As the game’s name might imply, Company of Heroes 2 is a sequel to the original Company of Heroes and has the same setting as that of the original—World War II. The original game was praised for its intensive action and focus on tactics. The game quickly gained a lot of fans in the pro-gaming circuit. While it did have a single player campaign that had some of the biggest events of World War II, its multiplayer was undoubtedly the main pull of the game.
In Company of Heroes 2, it is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the bloodiest conflict of World War II, resulting in more than 14 million military casualties. Players will get to witness the struggles of the Red Army from near defeat through its incredible triumph over Germany in the most challenging and costly theatre of the war, the Eastern Front.
Company of Heroes 2 is currently available through retail channels for Rs 999 and on Steam for $59.99 (Rs 3,600 approx).