THQ Nordic apologises (again) for its controversial 8chan AMA

The publisher’s very questionable decision last week to host an AMA on what’s probably the internet’s worst website is back in the news, with THQ Nordic co-founder and CEO Lars Wingefors making his own my-bads for the mistake.

It’s hard to believe that nobody at THQ knew about 8chan’s reputation – a megamix of racism, sexism, child porn, and everything else in between – but okay. It’s not indexed on Google because it’s such a despicable website, but okay. THQ’s PR guy claimed before the AMA even started that some other guy would “take care of the nasty stuff”, implying that this was otherwise entirely expected, but… okay.

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.

If “appropriate action” doesn’t include Philipp Brock losing his job, that’s not okay.