THQ Nordic has since apologised for the AMA on 8chan.
THQ Nordic has baffled the world by agreeing to hold an AMA on 8chan, a website blacklisted by Google for “suspected child abuse content.”
Google removed 8chan from its search results back in 2015 and flagged the site as one that was serving “suspected child abuse content” if searched for directly.
That didn’t stop THQ Nordic this morning though, despite a comment that stated the publisher has “no idea why” it would hold an AMA on such a site.
“The opportunity was here and we took it, we got apporached [sic] in a very friendly and polite manner and were assured, said person (shoutout to Mark) will take care of the nasty stuff. so, here we are,” a later tweet read.
After the AMA was announced and the internet reacted accordingly to THQ Nordic’s crazy behaviour, PR and Marketing Director Philipp Brock took to Twitter to officially apologise and cancel the event.
“I personally agreed to this AMA without doing my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site. I do not condone child pornography, white supremacy, or racism in any shape or form,” he wrote. “I am terribly sorry for the short-sightedness of my (!) decision, and promise to be far more vigorous in my assessment of these activities in the future… This was not about being edgy, this blew up and I very much regret to have done it in the first place.”
Brock was to be joined in the AMA by Reinhard Pollice, Executive Producer at THQ Nordic.
What do you make of the publisher’s behaviour?