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THQ shuts UFC developer - report

Accused of burying bad news during E3.

UPDATE: THQ has confirmed the closure of its San Diego studio. A statement read: "THQ confirms that today's announcement regarding the UFC license transition will affect the company's San Diego studio. THQ is working closely with those relevant staff to either find possible employment within the company, or potentially with EA."

ORIGINAL STORY: THQ has shut down its UFC developer, according to multiple reports.

Game industry members are reporting that THQ has let go everyone from its San Diego studio, which was responsible for the THQ series and some WWE games.

During its E3 press conference EA announced it had acquired the rights to make UFC games having paid THQ an undisclosed fee.

Industry insider Kevin Dent tweeted: "Here is a classic jerk move, you wait until the press day of E3 press events and THEN you shutter THQ San Diego."

Tweets from other industry members appear to back up the claim.

THQ will continue to publish its existing console and mobile titles through 31st March 2013. THQ boss Brian Farrell said in a statement today: "We have relished our relationship with UFC over the last several years and believe that the UFC gaming brand is in great shape. THQ's more focused strategy moving forward meant that transferring the license to EA made sense to all parties. We would like to thank UFC for their great support and partnership and wish EA all the best moving forward."

THQ is yet to respond to the claim.