Paradox CEO Apologizes for... Something

A series of tweets from Fredrik Wester have comments from the recently returned CEO of Paradox Interactive related to his own history and the recent employee survey that called out "offensive treatment" at the developer/publisher. The tweets are presented as an effort at "transparency and clarity," but unfortunately do not live up to that very well, as they are extremely vague. Eurogamer contacted Paradox for further clarification, but were denied "out of respect for the privacy of the person involved." Here are the tweets, which seem to raise at least as many questions as they answer:

Bbeginning of 2018,we held a company-wide conference, and during this gathering,a Paradox employee was subject to inappropriate behavior from me personally.This was something I immediately and sincerely apologized for in person the following Monday in a process reviewed by HR.

Everyone should have the right to be comfortable and safe, especially around a person in a position of power such as myself, something I stated then and I am stating again now.

It has never been my intention to make anyone uncomfortable around me, but that is still what happened, much to my regret. Following this episode, I have been working with my coach and mentor to understand the impact of my behavior better, and to better myself.

Contrary to what people may suggest, this had nothing to do with me resigning as CEO in 2018, something that had been planned for over 6 months at the time it occurred.

I understand that this makes my cause less credible when it comes to handling these issues internally and will therefore not be involved directly with it, it will be done by HR at Paradox with external help, but of course with my full support if needed.

Again, I sincerely regret making a person in my proximity uncomfortable and for the damage this caused. I will continue to work to not only improve myself but also improve the work environment around both Paradox and the industry as a whole.
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Sep 13, 2021, 17:04
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Sep 13, 2021, 17:04
 
It won't be long before someone will be imitating that low-IQ fellow in Texas who actually apologized to the entire country for the dastardly act of being born...! "I apologize for being born!" However, I note that he still refused to withdraw from the Senate race (he predictably lost) even though he had apologized profusely and sincerely for his birth. What's wrong with people these days? Endless recriminations, endless apologies, it's just baffling. It's like they're stuck in an endless loop they have no clue as to how to escape, and they just seem to wallow in it.

If you think you did something to someone that warrants an apology, then make the apology, and then move on. I'll bet that at least half the time the person being apologized to will ask, "What for?"
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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Sep 13, 2021, 16:58
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Sep 13, 2021, 16:58
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About as reliable as Blizzard's "We understand..." speech back at BlizzCon...
"There is no right life in the wrong one." (Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher)
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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Sep 13, 2021, 15:45
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Sep 13, 2021, 15:45
 
Diversionary fallacy.
ceo replacement search and interviews take place long before the previous ceo leaves.
He is still the one that created this chaos, used a diversionary tactic to avoid being held accountable.
This includes and is not limited to leaving the position, hiring a sucker to take over and take the heat
for his personal, arrogant and delusional agenda.
The worst criminal in human history, undeniably.
Ain't no tweetin, in jail jammies!
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:27
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:27
 
"Contrary to what people may suggest, this had nothing to do with me resigning as CEO in 2018, something that had been planned for over 6 months at the time it occurred."

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Sep 13, 2021, 13:24
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:24
 
Opps, we brought back the guy who caused all this because the gal we hired to cover it up, left out of frustration.
He stayed on and was always lurking in the shadows. It was all just a con job, so the original guy is really sorry that he got caught?
The worst criminal in human history, undeniably.
Ain't no tweetin, in jail jammies!
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:11
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Don't engage them, Fred. Once you start down that road you're damned. That way lie madness. Leave the past buried.

"You’re still learning English? That’s the language you speak. How dumb are you?" - Rick Sanchez
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:07
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Sep 13, 2021, 13:07
 
This shit is weird. Current CEO leaves because previous CEO did something bad. Previous CEO comes back as new replacement CEO and vaguely apologizes. Is being CEO of Paradox such a difficult thing that this guy had to come back?

On a side note, I have a few previous bosses that I'd love to cancel the fuck out of right now.
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