Square Enix Threatened With Repeat Of Kyoto Animation Fire Incident, Suspect Under Arrest
While Japanese publisher Square Enix is certainly no stranger to death threats, this latest incident has hit a bit closer to home due to recent events. Police in Shinjuku, Tokyo have arrested a 40-year-old man who works in the delivery industry for allegedly sending a threat to Square Enix’s Shinjuku-based headquarters. According to Anime News Network, the man sent the threat to the publisher through its website’s inquiry form on July 23rd.
According to police, the man demanded that he receive his money back from a game that he was upset over, and threatened a repeat of the Kyoto Animation fire incident if his demands were not met. After the arrest, the man admitted to police that his anger stemmed from a Square Enix mobile game he had become upset about, which caused him to send the message. There is no word on if this was related to a gacha game or a different type of Square Enix title. Police stated that a search of the man’s home uncovered no gasoline or arson-related materials.
This incident is just the latest in a string of nearly constant threats leveled against game developers and publishers for various reasons. While gamers are understandably heavily invested in their various video game-related past-times, it is never okay to threaten content creators in any way. Tensions are understandably at an all-time high following the Kyoto Animation fire incident, which took place on July 18th of this year. The fire caused a loss of life of at least 35 people, injuring an additional 33.
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