THQ Dubbed Number 2 Independent PublisherCALABASAS HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- July 21, 2004 THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today announced its ranking as the #2 independent videogame software publisher for the year-to-date ended June 30, 2004, according to The NPD Group, Inc. The successful launch of original title Full Spectrum Warrior(TM), developed by Pandemic studio for the Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft, drove THQs positive results. "Full Spectrum Warrior has raised the popular military gaming genre to a new level of reality and entertainment," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "We are thrilled to have expanded our product portfolio with an original game franchise boasting Full Spectrum Warriors critical and commercial achievements." The NPD Group is an independent leading market information provider which evaluates companies in a wide range of industries. Since 1967, NPD has supplied reliable and comprehensive sales and marketing information in order to help manufacturers and retailers better understand their customers, product categories, distribution channels and competition in order to help guide their business and positively impact sales and revenues. THQ (R) Inc. is a leading independent publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft as well as PC CD-ROM and wireless devices. The THQ web site is located at http://www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.