Bandai Namco Is Investigating A Bomb Threat Made Against Its US Office
Bandai Namco has confirmed that it is currently investigating a threat made against its US offices in Santa Clara, California. Though, according to IGN, the local police have not yet been informed of the potential threat.
Acting on a tip, IGN contacted Bandai Namco about a recent bomb threat and they were told "We can't provide any comment regarding the validity of the threat as there is an ongoing investigation in progress. We can say that all our employees are safe and that we will be doing everything in our power to safeguard the well being of our employees."
IGN contacted Santa Clara police department who hadn't yet been alerted to the threat, which suggests that Bandai Namco doesn't see it as an immediate danger.
This appears to be another instance in a worrying trend of threats made against gaming-related companies. Last week Twitch told staff at its US headquarters that they could work from home as police investigated an active shooting threat. And, in July, a man made an arson threat against Square Enix's Tokyo offices - he has since been arrested. That threat came in the week following the arson attack on Kyoto Animation's offices, an attack that took the lives of 35 people.
In April last year a woman entered YouTube's headquarters and shot three people before she killed herself. And in December Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward evacuated its offices after receiving a bomb threat.
The Twitch and Bandai Namco threats both come in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. In the response to which President Donald Trump condemned video games for glorifying violence, picking up the unverified claim from right-wing pundits. He didn't take the opportunity to criticise the easy availability of guns, instead pointing the finger at people suffering from mental health issues.
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