Square Enix Cancels Game Tournaments in Wake of Death Threats

Square Enix has cancelled a series of Starwing Paradox tournaments in Japan after death threats were issued against the company’s staff.

An official Square Enix statement, reported on by Kotaku, explains that several death threats have been made against Starwing Paradox’s management team. Those threats have been reported to the police, but as a precautionary measure the tournaments – due to be held this weekend and next weekend in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Fukuoka – have been cancelled.

There have been several incidents in Japan recently involving death threats and violent behaviour. The most notable is the arson attack on Kyoto Animation, in which a number of staff were killed. A man was arrested earlier this month for threatening a repeat of that attack on Square Enix. Square were also sent death threats from a man who took issue over the company’s gacha games, which are akin to loot boxes.

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Source: IGN.com Square Enix Cancels Game Tournaments in Wake of Death Threats