Last week, THQ Nordic Gmbh caused a stir when it announced it was holding an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on 8Chan, an image board with a reputation for hosting child pornography. After an initial apology from the company’s marketing director Philipp Brock, there was radio silence as members from all parts of the industry continued to criticize the company for holding the AMA.
Today, the CEO of Gmbh’s parent company, THQ Nordic AB, issued an apology in a statement. Here’s the apology in full from CEO Lars Wingefors:
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. 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.
As Co-Founder and Group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, I take full responsibility for all of THQ Nordic GmbH’s actions and communications. I have spent the past several days conducting an internal investigation into this matter. I assure you 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.
As a Swedish based, fast growing group, we firmly support equality and diversity.We are also working actively to combat discrimination, harassment, and misconduct. We are already in the process of developing new work processes, based on the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, and we will accelerate this work going forward.
THQ Nordic is responsible for publishing a number of recently released and forthcoming titles, including Metro Exodus, Biomutant, Darksiders III, and Battle Chasers: Nightwar. For more on matter, check out our News editor’s opinion piece on how the industry fails to hold itself accountable here.