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THQ considering Linux ports as new revenue source
THQ considering Linux ports as new revenue source
December 17, 2012 | By Mike Rose

"There are vibrant communities of gamers using other operating systems besides the dominant ones, and a company like THQ should not overlook them."
- THQ president Jason Rubin is weighing up the pros and cons of releasing games for Linux.

Following the success of the THQ Humble Bundle, Rubin says he has been inundated with requests for Linux versions of THQ games, and that the company is now considering Linux ports in the future.

While the Humble Bundles usually offer Linux versions of the supplied games, the Humble THQ Bundle did away with this rule, and only provided Windows PC versions of each game. As a result, numerous Linux users sent messages to Rubin asking for Linux ports of THQ games.

"Complicating the analysis (in a positive way), gamers have tweeted inventive ideas to me, such as letting the community help in the porting to bring down costs," he told Polygon. "THQ is committed to look at anything that makes sense."

He says that the company is currently weighing up the benefits of such a move against how much it would cost to put into motion. He noted that, as with porting any game to a new platform, there will be costs that the company cannot get around.

"I'm sure we will have more to announce shortly," he concluded.

Of course, Rubin will be keen to explore new avenues for added revenue, as THQ continues to spiral towards a financial end game.

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