Square Enix Hit With More Death Threats, Cancels Game Tournaments

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Starting this weekend, there were supposed to be events for mecha arcade game Starwing Paradox at four cities across Japan. Those events have been cancelled due to death threats.

According to an official Square Enix statement, there have been several death threats made against Starwing Paradox’s management team. Square Enix has reported the threats and is cooperating fully with police.

As a precautionary measure, the Starwing Paradox tournaments for this weekend and next weekend in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Fukuoka have been cancelled.

Released in Japanese arcades last November, Starwing Paradox features animation sequences done by Sunrise, the anime studio best known for Gundam.

The threats are the latest in a string of incidents. This month, a man was arrested after allegedly threatening Square Enix with a repeat of the terrible Kyoto Animation arson over mobile game displeasure. Another man was arrested earlier this year for threatening to kill Square Enix staff over a game.

Square Enix apologised to those looking forward to the now-cancelled Starwing Paradox tournaments.


    *Raises hand*

    I can't tell if I'm tired or I missed it, but... WHY were death threats handed out?

      The first one was due to Kyoto Animation apparently stealing someone's work (which they didn't and the person was just deranged). The second one was because of loot boxes (someone spent $4000 on one of their gatcha games and didn't get what they wanted).

      First guy wanted his money back because of a, "shitty game."
      The second guy spent a lot of money on microtransactions and didn't get the item he wanted.

      Who knows with the latest one, prob get revealed if/when he gets arrested.

    I always thought the game called "Starving Paradox" which I thought was odd, but somehow referencing the fact that the mecha don't eat food, so in effect, if they're "starving" it would be a paradox (and maybe they were starving for ACTION! or something).
    Makes HEAPS more sense now!!!

    Oh, and death threats are bad.

    Shit, maybe it's time developers look deeper into the casino business model and start outlaying millions on security firms.

    Utter dicks, people who make death threats... like really...

      Can I just say I'm very happy my dick has never uttered a death threat in my life?

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