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Over the past 24 hours, a number of people have been arrested in Japan, including a Square Enix employee, on insider trading charges. Dragon Quest game announcement. Among them is legendary Sega designer Yuji Naka.

The scandal revolves around a studio called Aiming, which was announced as the creator of a new project in 2020. Dragon Quest the game is called Courtesy. last night first claimed to be 38-year-old Square Enix employee Taisuke Sazakiwho worked Final Fantasy and King of hearts games knew about the deal before it went public and along with a friend bought a ton of stock in Aiming hoping to profit when their stock price (probably) goes up.

57-year-old Naka, who is considered one of the main creators Sonic the hedgehog and who also worked on everything Night dreams for Fantasy Star, has since been arrested on similar charges. according to this FNN reportNaka is accused of knowing about the Aiming deal before it was made public and taking the opportunity to buy 10,000 shares of the company.

Although best known for his work with Sega, Naka recently teamed up with Square Enix on a failed 3D platformer. Balan wonderland. He parted ways with the company in April 2021; these claims stem from 2020, when he was still working with the publisher.

Naka was arrested by the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office, which continues its investigation. Naka allegedly bought 10,000 shares worth ¥2.8 million, or about $20,000. (Sazaki, meanwhile, is accused of making purchases worth 26.4 million yen, or about $188,000.) Authorities have so far said whether any of the three arrested still own the shares or whether the shares were sold for a profit before the sale. did not disclose. investigation.

my city has reached out to Square Enix for comment.

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