Square Enix has cancelled the 4 Starwing Paradox tournaments scheduled this weekend, as several death threats had been produced against the arcade game’s management group (by way of Kotaku).
In an official statement, Square Enix stated that the threats have been reported and the incident is at present becoming dealt with by the police. The tournaments in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Fukuoka had been cancelled as a security measure, and the publisher apologised to fans who had been seeking forward to the events.
Earlier this year, a man was arrested for threatening to kill Square Enix employees just after he spent more than £1,500 attempting to unlock a precise item in a gacha game. This week, a further fan threatened an arson attack on the publisher just after losing in a game, stating he would repeat the Kyoto Animation tragedy, and was arrested by Tokyo police.
At present, it is unknown no matter if the tournaments will be rescheduled, but this is 1 additional instance of how toxicity in the gaming neighborhood has pretty actual consequences for developers and their games.