Mobile game publisher Yostar has filed charges against a Japanese student, following threats made to the company over their Mahjong Soul game.
According to TBS News Dig via GameSpark, the charges are being filed for obstruction of business, as the university student has left multiple threatening remarks on the publisher’s website in May of last year.
These included the phrase “I’ll kill you”, which prompted Yostar to send its employees home early at least once.
The threats are reportedly in response to the student losing at Mahjong Soul, published by Yostar.
Yostar also says the police will be looking at additional charges aside from the obstruction of business one against the student.
“If we receive similar posts or phone calls, we will respond to them in cooperation with the police”, Yostar has said.
This is sadly not the first instance of threats against mobile game publishers- several years ago saw an attempted assault on miHoYo’s founders over the game Honkai Impact 3rd.
In that scenario, it was the boiling point of community backlash over an in-game event- one that miHoYo backed down from following community pressure.
Thankfully, neither incident resulted in any casualties thanks to the management taking the threats seriously.