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Hard Proof That Tecmo Japan Is Lying? (This Seems Like It)

Kotaku writes:

"Things are going from bad to worse for Tecmo. First Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki announced he was leaving and suing Tecmo, while a totally separate lawsuit has been filed against Tecmo by Hiroaki Ozawa and co-plaintiff Tatsuki Tsunoda. Ozawa is the Tecmo Labour Union leader and Ninja Gaiden 2 lead engineer, while Tsunoda is the Ninja Gaiden 2 level design lead. Two key Team Ninja members! That alone does not bode well for Tecmo. But, this isn't just a story of two guys trying to get some overtime, but also apparently of deception, falsified statements and a dead, beloved company president. There's concrete evident in the plaintiff's claims - so concrete that it could very well be the silver bullet for Tecmo's current upper management."

Full legal documents in their incriminating entirety and translations after the jump...

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Silogon3775d ago (Edited 3775d ago )

Kotaku stirs the pot and ask for eye of newt.

What a bunch of waste head morons over here. They act like they're sleuthing or like they're the next Geraldo. More over, this is a video game website, not Hard copy or Inside edition. Gamers, the demographic who frequent their site, have no interest or even know about any of this junk!

Kotaku are out of their Element and if I was Brian I'd put an end to a lot of the junk that goes on over there and fire a slew of the columnist there. Ashcroft and Luke are just two off the top of my head who'd be right out the door.

It's a shame when people want to hear the latest on Video game news. Actual, viable, news and have to be subjected to this garbage undercutting nonsense.

Edit to below:

No it's not. How is this big news to you? To the gaming world who's actually active making money in the gaming world it might be, but you're a consumer and so am I. We buy games and that's that. To have you say this is "BIG" news to consumers. whatever.

Tecmo will go on and that's that. If they don't and pull a Tato then we'll see them liquidate their property into investors hands, which isn't you or me, and they'll be sold off to pay back the compensation to employees. The bigger issue is this, many tecmo employees will be withou a job if they go out of business I.E. TATO on us.

All in all, this was probably a Microsoft strategy anyways. Itagaki was probably told to do this and get as many people to jump on his wagon as he could so Microsoft could come in and buy the company and appoint him the CEO.

That's news. This junk here isn't news to the consumer. Do you think Billy's mom cares Tecmo might be in trouble?

No, get real.

Superfragilistic3775d ago (Edited 3775d ago )

I wonder whether you even viewed the article?!

Ignore any platform based bias on the site itself and you'd have realised Kotaku has managed to get hold of hard copies of legal documents and evidence that not only shows the disgraceful behaviour of Tecmo management but also clearly indicates willing fraud to illegally strip workers of their rights.

In your world this may not be big news, but I can assure you in mine, the gaming industry's world, this is unprecedented and deserves all the headlines it gets.

At first I thought this was a fairly straightforward legal matter of some unpaid overtime and poor working conditions, something that is almost a cultural norm amongst Japanese development houses. But the documents that Kotaku has in its hands present a far more serious matter. This lawsuit has progressed from a civil suit to a potential criminal case.

Your ignorance has been noted. :)

EDIT: @above

Like you had to give me cause to note your ignorance and failing to read a second time.

You state:

"How is this big news to you? To the gaming world who's actually active making money in the gaming world it might be, but you're a consumer and so am I. We buy games and that's that. To have you say this is "BIG" news to consumers. whatever."

If you had bothered to read my post above you would have noted the following:

"In your world this may not be big news, but I can assure you in mine, the gaming industry's world, this is unprecedented and deserves all the headlines it gets."

I work in the industry and thus it is "BIG" news. Further if you're are not interested in industry and dev news don't read news items on N4G that are classified as such! ;)

However, I would suggest that the reason industry and dev news exists on N4G is a strong counter argument to your claim that such news is irrelevant to gamers/consumers. As you noted yourself if Tecmo does go under the assets will be liquidated and gamers will have beloved franchises developed by people other than the original developers. I'd suggest gamers/consumers WOULD care, much like a considerable number do about Fallout 3 having a different developer to 1&2.

As for your silly Microsoft remarks, I suggest you look at the evidence and realise that there is fraud committed by the Tecmo CEO right in front of your eyes that occurred several years ago.

ry-guy3775d ago

Sorry,

But I am a gamer and I am very interested in this case.

I am also a consumer and I am very interested in this case.

Why?

Because Tecmo puts out products that I like to buy and if the company goes belly up then I know not to purchase later iterations of their various franchises.

juuken3775d ago

...I'll have to disagree with you there as well. This concerns me as a consumer because I really like Ninja Gaiden and I would like to see new games come from the series. As much as I don't like Itagaki and his attitude, I believe that all employees to get paid justly for their work, even someone like him. It's not right what Tecmo is doing at all, should this turn out to be true. If it is true, then I would really have to give some respect to Itagaki for actually putting his foot down and standing up for what he believes in.

Superfragilistic3775d ago (Edited 3775d ago )

They've got two major lawsuits backed by incontrevertible evidence and the lead designer, lead level designer, lead engineer and the majority elected Tecmo union leader who's threatening 2nd and 3rd wave class action lawsuits!

Not only have they violated workplace legislation, but there's concrete evidence of the CEO willingly committing fraud to illegally remove staff pay & conditions and then later denying such and blaming it on the beloved but dead Tecmo founder.

I don't know about Japan but in most Western democracies you'd be locked up for pulling that kind of crap! I'm sure gamers would lock him up if given half a chance. He's screwed over 300 developers for two years and has put the future of Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive and Fatal Frame into no-mans land.

The poor Tecmo founder must be rolling in his grave!

HateBoy3774d ago

"I don't know about Japan but in most Western democracies you'd be locked up for pulling that kind of crap!"

Not really, "white-collar" crime legislation is pretty weak worldwide and only in very few cases does it end up in someone doing actual prison-time. Doesn't change the fact that he SHOULD do be locked up... But the probability of a person who has the three letters CEO before his name on the door of his office doing time is pretty low.

Rock Bottom3774d ago

that's what you get for releasing exclusive games that doesn't sell.

Rock Bottom3774d ago

I bet they tie their employees(which consist mostly of children) with metal chains and force them to program for more than 16 hours a day, with one meal per day. :p

MK_Red3775d ago

Well, if Tecmo indeed was so unfair to its great developers at Team Ninja then they deserve to be punished!

kevnb3775d ago

as if they knew him personally.

ThanatosDMC3774d ago

It's funny, i remember one of the N4G users calling him emo because of his long haircut. Then someone posted a picture of him before he became "emo".

juuken3775d ago (Edited 3775d ago )

...Well, lying is just going to screw them over even further. I would love to see more games from them but if they're shafting Itagaki and his team, they need to get punished to the fullest extent of the law.

*looks at website* Wait a minute...this is from kotaku. I'd take this article with a grain of salt.

juuken3775d ago (Edited 3775d ago )

I get disagrees because I said that I'd take kotaku's articles with a grain of salt?

Cute, but no.

Kotaku also has a history of spreading false rumors as well.

If Tecmo did in fact violate some kind of an agreement to employees, then they should pay for their actions. However, there has been so many rumors circulating the internet that it's hard to tell who's telling the truth from who isn't. Believe me, as much as I do not like Itagaki, I don't believe that someone should get shafted and not get paid at all. If Tecmo owes the money, then they should pay up, otherwise they're going to have an even bigger mess on their hands that will eventually shut them down. I also want to see new games from Tecmo, which is why this also concerns me.

Only the man upstairs knows.

Until then, I say we play the games, and not worry about this until a verdict comes through.

Damn, this sounds like People's Court now.

bama3774d ago

Dude this allot more serious then your dumb console wars. This is human mistreatment. Get a life your acting pathetic.

juuken3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

"Dude this allot more serious then your dumb console wars. This is human mistreatment. Get a life your acting pathetic."

Bama, KINDLY reread my comments before you jump on me. Did I mention ANYTHING about console wars? Did I mention anything about the PS3 or the 360? Did I mention ANYTHING about the console war at all? I SAID, that if this turns out to be true, then Tecmo should pay Itagaki and any other employees they may have shafted out of money. I may not like Itagaki, but even HIM doesn't deserve to be shafted out of money. I also said that Kotaku has a history of being misleading as well.

And I am not a dude. I am a female. Get it right.

Some people need to read before they jump down the throats of others.

SaiyanFury3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

Good call Juuken. Kotaku is a media site, and while I will not pretend to be schooled on their article policies, I do know that as a media site they love to jump on the negative news bandwagon. Positive news in the media isn't always as interesting as negative news and it wouldn't surprise me if they jump on that same note. If those employees at Tecmo are indeed being screwed out of money then more power to them in this lawsuit. I remember early in the PS3's lifespan all of the media sites were attacking Sony and their new console saying it would never survive and criticizing it to death. Now that the system has life (despite past criticisms) and is selling like hotcakes worldwide it gets less attention because that news is not nearly as interesting. Of course there are sites that cover positive PS3 news as well.

On a separate note, if Tecmo's prez is indeed not paying the proper funds and overtime, then damn him. The employees are the backbone of a company and denying them their due is just wrong.

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