Naughty Dog co-founder appointed THQ president
posted on 05.29.12 at 06:46 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Crash Bandicoot creator heads up THQ.

THQ has appointed Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin as its new company president, effective immediately.

Rubin, who has been in the video game industry for over 20 years, will be responsible for THQ’s worldwide product development, marketing, and publishing operations, and will report to THQ chairman and CEO Brian Farell. He is known as the co-creator and director of the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, which have sold over 40 million copies combined worldwide.

“Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business,” said 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.”

“THQ has incredible internal and external game development teams, and an exciting slate of games in its development pipeline,” said Jason Rubin. “The recent transformation of THQ into a creator of wholly-owned IP has placed it in a perfect position to leverage future trends in the game business. I look forward to working with the management team and board to realize the company’s goals.”

Additionally, THQ has also appointed Jason Kay, who will report to Rubin, as its chief strategy officer. Kay co-founded media mashup tool Flektor with Rubin in 2007, and has served as an executive and advisor to companies such as Activision and Columbia House.

Danny Bilson, the studio’s executive vice president of core games, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

“Danny has made significant contributions to THQ, and we thank him for his efforts,” said Mr. Farrell. In addition, the company announced that Dave Davis, SVP Core Studios, will be leaving. “Along with Danny, Dave has been instrumental in getting our strong pipeline into production,” Mr. Farrell continued.

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  • Malcolm Reynolds

    When did Jason Rubin leave ND? Or is he pulling double duty?

  • howardmoonish

    I hope this somehow helps them to get their shit together.

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @howardmoonish: the guys in the UFC should give you a nice punch in the face for saying that

  • Zero

    Congrats, Jason! And good luck.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    @Sal: geeze….where have I been for the last 8 years :-/

    Good to know ND doesnt need him to make amazing hit games.

    Perhaps THQ will now release something truly worth getting excited about.

  • Pirate King

    I cant believe someone thought he was still working for NG… Wow… LOL!

    But I thought THQ was dead. Only game they ever did worth 2 cents was Saints Row the 3rd. And they just got rid of Devil’s 3rd due to being idiots. If it wasnt for me wanting a SR4, I wouldnt care if the company vanished or not.