Man Threatens Square Enix With A Kyoto Animation Repeat, Gets Arrested

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Forty-year-old Kenichi Hiratsuka has been arrested after allegedly sending a threatening message to Square Enix.

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Fuji Network News reports that the message was sent via Square Enix’s inquiry page. “Gimme my money back for your shitty game,” read the message. “Want me to do a repeat of Kyoto Animation?”

In July, a suspected arsonist allegedly lit gasoline in Kyoto Animation’s Fushimi studio, killing 35 employees.

Hiratsuka has admitted to sending the message, telling authorities, “I was pissed after losing at a game, so I ended up sending the message.” According to Jiji Press, the game was for smartphones. Authorities did not discover any gasoline or other flammables at the suspect’s house.

Earlier this spring, another man was arrested for threatening to kill Square Enix staff. At the time, the suspect reportedly said, “I spent over 200,000 yen ($2817) on the game and I didn’t get the [in-game] item I wanted so I sent the email out of revenge.”


    Yeah, I'd be enraged, too. I'd probably privately have violent thoughts, around that much money. That's a frickin' overseas holiday or a new PC.

    But dude. Dude. Not OK. Not OK at all. Serious punishment is entirely warranted here, regardless of the lack of intent to follow through on the threat.

    ...Unconscionably disproportionate reaction aside, the cause of this criminal's rage is a prime example of why the industry needs heavy-handed, restrictive regulation, to prevent grown-ass adults dropping FUCKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR NO REWARD on a fucking mobile game. There's no good justification for that. Ever. None. It's unacceptable. It's an manipulative, exploitative cancer on an already unfair existence. It needs to be gone.

      I just came from the DayZ banned comments and I thought regulation was bad? Or is it bad jusy when it effects you.

        Ah, the argument of extremes. Regulation is VITAL. But it needs to serve a useful purpose.

        Black and white saying that ALL regulation - regulation as a concept - is either 100% evil or 100% good would be fucking idiotic.

    the heavy hand needs to be handed out to in-game behavior for people in LoL, dota, CS, Battlefield, Starcraftcraft and similar games.

    This guy is more like a martyr, if any game company drives someone to do this, I'd definitely stay away from them. SE cant be a good company.

    better stay away from SE...I dont think I want any of that...

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