US Computer game giant places Nordic HQ in Copenhagen  

2006.04.05
THQ, the world's third biggest computer game publisher, has chosen to place its Nordic HQ in the Danish capital. Copenhagen thus takes a further step towards its ambitions to become a European centre for the industry.

The world's third biggest computer game publisher, THQ, has chosen to place its Nordic HQ in the Danish capital. Copenhagen thus takes a further step towards its ambitions to become a European centre for the industry. THQ's choice of the Danish capital was far from accidental, says Copenhagen Capacity's Palle C. Hansen, whose task it is to make the wider world aware of the opportunities for telecoms and IT companies in Copenhagen – he has been in contact with THQ since December 2003.

Hansen points out three important reasons why THQ chose the Danish capital: the flexible labour market, the opportunity to recruit skilled staff from Sweden [the Øresund Bridge enables people in the Malmö area of southern Sweden to commute easily to Copenhagen – Ed], and the groundbreaking Danish university course in computer game development. The first graduates are just coming onto the market, and the presence of such competent and skilful computer game developers is an obvious attraction to companies like THQ.

THQ's home base is in California. The company employs 1500 people worldwide and generates annual revenues of almost DKK 5 bn (USD 0.8 bn). So far THQ has progressed with opening its HQ and employing a nucleus of staff, but Copenhagen Capacity is hoping that down the line the US giant will invest in developing computer games in Denmark. The news is reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.

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