A 54-year-old resident of Toyokawa, Japan, was arrested March 16 for allegedly repeatedly sending death threats to Sega.
Accordingly YomiuriHis suspect Akira Watanabe is said to have sent 12 threatening emails between December 2021 and February this year. He allegedly wrote that he was “setting the company on fire,” “killing employees,” and even loudly TBS News“kill employees’ families and children.”
Watanabe reportedly emailed Sega’s contact form from his cell phone. The suspect has been arrested for obstructing a deal and has confessed to sending the emails saying he had “lost at an online game and was frustrated”. Local Japanese media did not name the game. kotaku has reached out to Sega for comment but has not heard back prior to release.
The threats to set Sega on fire are reminiscent of the Kyoto Tragedy Animation which left 36 dead in an attack that shook the nation and the world.
There have been other incidents in recent years where people have been arrested for similar threats. For example, Tokyo-based gaming company Akira received threats in September 2019 via its online contact form, imply murder. It took a year for the possible perpetrator to be identified. A guilty verdict after a trial was finally handed over below on October 5, 2021.
2020 a high school student was arrested for allegedly threatened to blow up Konami and kill company employees. The suspect, who admitted to writing the threats, was angered by connection problems with an online game. that caused him to lose. Last year, a 21-year-old college senior was allegedly arrested Threatening to release poison gas in an arcade. He was apparently upset after losing at a crane game.
After the Kyoto Animation tragedy, game companies and Japanese authorities showed zero tolerance such threats– And for a good reason. They are totally unacceptable and never permissible.
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