Death threats against Square-Enix management employees force the company to cancel tournaments in Japan

    
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There seems to be a rather alarming trend of people threatening horrible things to employees of Square-Enix. Hot on the heels of threats made against the company earlier this month, there’s now a new report of death threats made against management employees for the Japanese mecha arcade game Starwing Paradox; these threats were so severe that a series of tournaments for the game have been cancelled.

According to a statement from the company, these threats were reported to the authorities and the company is fully cooperating with the police to investigate the matter. As a safety precaution, however, events scheduled for this weekend and next weekend in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Fukuoka have been cancelled.

As alluded to before, this is the most recent such threat made against the game studio just this year. Prior reports have seen people in Japan threaten to kill SE employees over a gacha game or commit arson on the same level as a recent arson attack on anime studio Kyoto Animation over a mobile game.

source: Kotaku

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Mewmew

You do want to be safe, and yet at the same time whenever you give in to these people and cancel things because of their threats, you give those threats power and show that you will give in when such threats are made, encouraging more in the future.

I read that the arson attack on Kyoto Animation had to do with the guy saying they plagiarised his novels, not with a mobile game. In trying to find more information now, I don’t see anything about a mobile game having anything to do with it. I’m curious where that information comes from?

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xpsync

Completely agree!!!… but, haha you knew that was coming lol

Could you imagine the fall out say something were to happen, hypothetically speaking in hindsight it would be a super chit storm as they had warning, you were warned and you still went ahead yada yada so i don’t think they have any other option. So yeah semi human low life’s win.

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miskav

You mis-read the paragraph.

Chris said that it was shocking that there’d be an attack on the same level as the arson attack on Kyo-ani…

Over a mobile game.

Not that the Kyo-ani attack was over a mobile game.

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silverlock

Not if those threats can be traced back to the perpetrators who are then punished. Honestly I think the perps are currently sweating their balls of thinking “I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously no one ever takes me seriously”

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mpandu.nky

Horrible. The other day I wrote a comment in a forum supporting an easy mode in Sekiro, and one commenter wished I get crippled for the rest of my life.

To be honest, sometimes it’s hard to differentiate a regular gaming forum to a terrorist site nowadays. They just play into the narrative of “gaming = violence” that seems to be increasing nowadays.

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Randy Savage

Have they not heard of thoughts and prayers in Japan?

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camren_rooke

AND RANDY SAVAGE GOES FOR THE FLYING SUPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE!

/e Mean Gene off

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Sorenthaz

mecha arcade game Starwing Paradox

Why can’t this be in the US :c

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Robert Mann

I cannot think of anything nice to say except “Best wishes to those who are not the crazies involved.”

P.S. There are many types of crazy. This type is one of a very few I find detestable.

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silverlock

Games like this are probably why Japan still has arcades. It’s a 16 player team PvP arcade game. I guess all the arcade machines are networked otherwise how would they field teams like that reliably.

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Utakata

…in the department of, “This is why people can’t have nice things.” /bleh

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Stories like this make this key chain legit. 😮

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Bruno Brito

Christ fucking sake, WHY? Why these fucking imbeciles try to end the fun for everybody else? How much of a fucking loser you have to be to threaten someone over a damn game.

Take a cold shower, go masturbate, punch a damn wall, i don’t care. Stop bringing other people into your empty bs.

Ugh.

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BigAngry

Apologies for language, but the shoe fits.

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Armsman

The above language is tame compared to the language I’d use for ‘people’ like this who make such threats.