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Yuji Naka: the creator of Sonic arrested by the police

By Jules “Cael” Seigneur – Posted on 18 Nov 2022 at 14:43

Yuji Naka is accused of insider trading by the Japanese authorities. He would have defrauded during his time at Square Enix.

Some disqualifications hurt more than others. After accusing Square Enix of kicking him out of his own project, the abominable Balan Wonderworld, Yuji Naka is now in custody for insider trading. The genius behind Sonic the Hedgehog would have taken advantage of his time with the publisher of Final Fantasy to line his pockets.

Yuji Naka: a little fraud and then leaves

The alleged facts date back to 2020. High placed at Square Enix, Yuji Naka has wind of several projects in development, including Dragon Quest Tact. Mobile adaptation of the historical franchise of J-RPGs, it is developed by the Aiming studio. the game designer smell the good vein.

Yuji Naka happy, unaware that his theft would soon be discovered

Yuji Naka buys 10,000 shares in Aiming, for approximately 2.8 million yen (€19,000). A tidy sum that was to grow after the announcement of Dragon Quest Tact. The project was enough to inflate the stock market value of the studio, which would make the investment of the former spawn of SEGA bear fruit. A textbook case of insider trading. With confidential information, Yuji Naka defrauded like a boss.

Two other Square Enix employees are also affected by this police raid. Few details have been made public. In Japan, insider trading is punishable by 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 5 million yen (count 34,000 euros).

Here is the final nail in Yuji Naka’s career coffin. The creator was already in forced retirement after the Balan Wonderworld debacle. If he had brought un lawsuit to Square Enixconsidering himself wronged and mistreated, it’s not going to help his case. We know the severity of Japanese justice… Even the brain of the fastest hedgehog on the planet cannot escape karma.

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