Tokyo police immediately arrested the 16-year-old high school boy, after receiving a response from Konami that high school student threat to bomb Konami Headquarters
Konami, producers of Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Pro Evolution Soccer, was threatened to bomb their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan yesterday. The person who threatened the bombing was a 16-year-old high school boy who posted threats that said he would blow up Konami’s headquarters. Tokyo police immediately arrested the 16-year-old high school boy, after receiving a response from Konami.
The reason that the 16-year-old high school student posted threats to bomb Konami’s headquarters was that he was so dissatisfied with a connection problem that made him lose in a Pro Evolution Soccer match (football game under the franchise of FIFA is extremely famous developed by Konami). In a message to Konami, the boy said he would “kill the people who work at Konami.” After being arrested, the suspect admitted the allegations, justifying his actions by saying that he felt extremely angry about a connection problem in the mobile game Pro Evolution Soccer.
This is not the first time that game developers like Konami have become targets for angry players. Bandai Namco, the developer behind popular titles like Dark Souls and Dragon Ball Z, recently experienced something similar in August last year when a threat of bombing Bandai Namco headquarters in California. Fortunately, this is just a false threat and all employees working in the Bandai Namco headquarters in California were evacuated safely.
Infinity Ward, one of the studios behind Call of Duty shooters, was evacuated in late 2018 because of a threat of bombing its headquarters building. Everyone is safe and the threat is completely fake, but this is clearly only a case in a long series of attacks on game developers.
While criticizing a game developer or publisher is entirely plausible, threatening the game developer just for game bugs will certainly take things too far. Too many gamers feel that they can abuse the internet to post threats without knowing the consequences. This latest threat to Konami is just one of many other examples of players who are angry about the bugs that appear in the game, leading to undesirable consequences.