THQ Nordic CEO Issues Apology over 8Chan AMA Disaster

Co-founder and CEO Lars Wingefors today released a statement regarding his company’s disastrous decision to host an AMA session on 8chan.

Nearly a week ago, THQ Nordic GmbH PR and marketing director Philipp Brock made the decision to host an AMA on 8chan. Known for racism, harassment, and even child pornography, 8chan has been delisted by Google Search in the past. Brock later apologized and suggested he had no idea what 8chan was. At the time, CEO Lars Wingefors had nothing to say on the matter.

Today, though, the CEO released a statement regarding the controversy. Like Brock, Wingefors denounces everything 8chan stands for and takes responsibility for what happened. Brock isn’t mentioned at all in the letter.

THQ Nordic, despite starting out quite small, has grown large in recent years. In addition to acquiring the THQ brand, they’ve also managed to acquire a profile of well-known IP. These include Timesplitters, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Darksiders. They’ve also acquired whole studios, including Warhorse (Kingdom Come: Deliverance) and Deep Silver (Volition, 4A Games, etc.). Hopefully, they’ll be able to shake off this controversy.

Here’s Wingefors’ full statement:

“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.”