THQ and Sony Pictures today announced two multi-year licensing agreements granting THQ the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish video games based on Sony Pictures Television's popular game show properties, JEOPARDY! and Wheel of Fortune.
The new agreements give THQ rights to publish interactive games based on the two properties for the Wii video game system, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, and grants THQ options for additional platforms.
"We are excited to add two iconic properties such as 'JEOPARDY!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' to our Kids, Family and Casual Games portfolio," said Doug Clemmer, Executive Vice President, THQ Kids, Family and Casual Games. "The opportunity to implement new features such as Wii Speak will re-imagine how these games are played and engage fans with a whole new level of interactivity."
"'JEOPARDY!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' are extraordinarily popular across the globe and it was important for us to find a partner with an international vision," said Mark Caplan, Vice President Licensing, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. "THQ's focus and proven success within the family market made them the most logical team to bring these renowned properties to new platforms, and we look forward to working with them to create family-friendly interactive experiences."
THQ plans to release the first video games under this agreement later this year.