It's "Gold Rush" Time for THQ

CEO Brian Farrell of the video-game maker says despite the sour economy, gaming is booming, and we're supplying the gold pans

Being a CEO isn't as much fun as it used to be. But Brian Farrell, chief executive of No. 3 video-game publisher THQ (THQI ), couldn't be happier. Despite the volatile economy, THQ's revenues -- and profits -- are sky-high. In the second quarter (ended June 30), revenues rose 55%, to $85.8 million, compared to $55.2 million in the same period of 2001. Net income rose 43%, to $4.9 million, vs. $3.5 million a year ago. And the holiday shopping season is still months away.

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