Almost a week after hosting an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on controversial imageboard 8chan, the parent company of game publisher THQ Nordic is formally apologizing for the move.
“This letter is to offer my sincerest apologies and regret for THQ Nordic GmbH Vienna’s interaction with the controversial website 8chan last Tuesday, February 26,” the statement from THQ Nordic AB co-founder and CEO Lars Wingefors reads, in part. “I condemn all unethical content this website stands for. Even if no one within the THQ Nordic Group would ever endorse such content, I realize simply appearing there gave an implicit impression that we did.”
After days spent conducting what he calls an “internal investigation” into the matter, Wingefors writes that “every member of the organization has learned from this past week’s events. I take this matter very seriously, and we will take appropriate action to make sure we have the right policies and systems in place to avoid similar mistakes in the future.”
The statement also reaffirms the Swedish company’s support for “equality and diversity” and efforts to “actively to combat discrimination, harassment, and misconduct.”
Wingefors’ statement is addressed to “group employees, partners and consumers” and is posted on the firm’s investor-focused Web portal. It is the first comment on the matter from a high-level executive at the umbrella company. THQ Nordic initially defended the AMA shortly after it was posted, tweeting that “the opportunity was here and we took it. We got approached in a very friendly and polite manner and were assured said person will take care of the nasty stuff. So, here we are.”
Hours later, though, THQ Nordic PR and Marketing Director Philipp Brock apologized for the whole affair, saying he failed to do “my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site. I do not condone child pornography, white supremacy, or racism in any shape or form.”
Despite that apology, the original link to the AMA remained on THQ Nordic’s Twitter account for the better part of a day before finally being deleted.
THQ Nordic AB is the parent company of THQ Nordic GmbH, the publishing house that controls game franchises including Darksiders, Timesplitters, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Red Faction.
- THQ Nordic CEO officially apologises for 8chan AMA, does not shout out Mark
- Three hours after allying with 8chan, THQ Nordic goes into full apology mode
- THQ Nordic CEO Supports Metro: Exodus Dev Decision to Drop Steam in Favour of Epic Games Store for One Year Exclusivity
- THQ Nordic Has More Acquisitions Planned
- THQ Nordic wants you to know it didn’t sign off on this Metro Exodus Epic store thing