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THQ Nordic's CEO issues public apology over 8chan AMA debacle

Published: 17:08, 04 March 2019
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One would think that a single apology would've been enough but it seems that the scope and the extent of THQ Nordic's mistake required an official word by CEO Lars Wingefors, who sincerely apologised for any and all affiliation with 8chan.

In case you haven't been following the debacle in question - THQ Nordic agreed to hold an AMA session on 8chan, an imageboard whose insistence on absolute user anonymity has seen it linked to child pornography and swatting, and even had Google delist it from its search engine results.

Wingefors was initially uninterested in commenting on the issue, as the company's PR & marketing director Philip Brock has already apologised, but ultimately wrote a letter on the issue.

"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", he said.

At the time, Brock said that they agreed to the proposal as they were approached in a polite and friendly manner. Ironically enough, they were told that another person will handle all the "nasty stuff", which could've been their first hint that they're not in Kansas anymore. 

"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", Wingefors said.

He insists that THQ Nordic took this issue very seriously and are currently in the process of creating "the right policies and systems" so as to avoid any similar mistakes from happening in the future.

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As unpleasant as the entire ordeal may have been, at least we can rest assured THQ Nordic won't be repeating that mistake ever. And, considering the shopping spree and the huge pile of IPs they've amassed throughout 2018, we too would rather be hearing news other than them being 8channed.

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