Last week, publisher THQ Nordic agreed to host an AMA (ask me anything) on 8chan. The exercise itself wasn't an issue, but a lot of people took umbrage with its location, because 8chan is a site that has become quite well known for its hosting of questionable content. The result was a backlash from multiple sides. Not only were there those who condemned the location of the AMA and vowed to never buy any of their games again, there were others who felt like the entire thing was a massive overreaction. Regardless of your opinions, the publisher has today seen fit to release an official statement to their employees, partners, and customers about the incident:
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.With this statement, the company hopes to bring an end to the saga and to focus on their upcoming titles. So far, they have Biomutant and Monster Jam Steel Titans due in the summer, followed by Desperados III, Wreckfest, and Fade to Silence later this year. Further on in the future, there will also be Aquanox Deep Descent.
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 alreadyin 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.
Co-founder and Group-CEO, THQ Nordic AB