Man Arrested For Making Death Threats To Square Enix Staff
A 25-year-old man in on Japan has been arrested for allegedly sending death threats to Square Enix Staff.
According to Livedoor News (via Kotaku), the man sent an email saying "Hey staff, tomorrow I'm going to kill you. Get ready". Arrested on March 29, he is said to have been angry because he spent of 200,000 yen on virtual gacha, a kind of loot box, without getting the item he wanted.
Square Enix brought in more security in response to the threat and it doesn't appear that the man visited the offices before he was arrested.
The man signed off his email writing "kubi arattokeyo", a phrase that means "go wash your neck". It's an odd expression in the west, but it refers to the Japanese tradition of seppuku (samurai suicide). If a samurai had failed or been shamed there are recorded instances of the soldier disemboweling themselves before a second person would decapitate the dying man. 'Go wash your neck' refers to preparing for death.
As ever, if you're annoyed by a game, the correct response is never to send a death threat. It's been a growing practice, with the growth of social media - particularly as more and more developers are easy to approach.
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