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Police Arrest Suspect for Sending Death Threats to Square Enix

Police Arrest Suspect for Sending Death Threats to Square Enix

A 39-year-old male Saitama resident has been arrested by the Shinjuku Police for allegedly sending death threats to Square Enix employees.

What might seem like a singularly foolish and rare action has become more like a pattern as death threats were also sent to Square Enix employees in the previous years.

What Exactly Did He Say?

The police report states that from the 2nd to the 19th of last November, the company’s online game inquiry form received 37 threatening messages such as “I will seriously kill you cheating developers”. To clarify, the term “cheating” in Japanese is “ikasama” which refers to the type of person who might cheat at cards or dice with sleight of hand or the like.

The police did not reveal which game the suspect was supposedly referring to but speculated that the suspect became emotional over being “unable to win” at the game. The suspect threatened to kill the game’s designers, citing “such unfair rules”.

Pattern of Hostility

These recurring death threat messages even caused the company to call off a scheduled live broadcast that was to be held on 20 November. The canceled event on 20 November was related to Hoshi no Dragon Quest, fueling rumors that the suspect had played the Hoshi no Dragon Quest RPG game.

The police report didn’t state the name of the game, only confirming that it was a smartphone game. Some comments mentioned there was an incident in late 2018 and early 2019 when a 25-year-old man sent 30 threatening messages in a similar fashion.

The reports didn’t mention the “smartphone game” by name back then either, only that the suspect had “spent 200,000 yen (US$1,876) trying to get a wanted item.” With no results, he then advised Square Enix employees to “wash their necks,” a threat that means “prepare to die,” originating from samurai days.

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Why? Who?

After receiving these recent death threats, the police were contacted. The Shinjuku police were called in and tracked down the sender by the IP address used.

On 26 February, they announced the arrest of 39-year-old Toshiyuki Suga from Matsubushi Town, Saitama Prefecture. He reportedly admitted to sending the threats, telling police, “I couldn’t win and was feeling frustrated and got emotional.”

While we might be curious to find out which game made an adult react in this way, we must also call out such despicable attitudes. They have no place in the gaming industry!

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