In what is now a human representation of the film “Morbius,” Yuji Naka, co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has been arrested for insider trading at Square Enix. For the second time in a month. First game creator in history to make one “morbillion” bucks (via insider trading).
The first time around, Naka purchased shares in a mobile game company (Aiming) related to a new entry in a flagship gaming franchise (Dragon Quest) before the announcement. This time around, as reported by Asahi Shimbun Digital and VGC, Naka… purchased shares in a mobile game company (ATeam) related to a new entry in a flagship gaming franchise (Final Fantasy) before its announcement. In fact, we know the specific game – Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, which was released late last year. Naka was reportedly made aware of the plans to develop ahead of the announcement, at which point he purchased 120,000 shares in the company at a price of ¥144.7 million (about $834,000).
It’s kind of stunning, in a way. Will he get the three-peat? Will we find out that Yuji Naka purchased stocks towards a company developing a new Kingdom Hearts mobile game ahead of its announcement? We can’t know, but at this point, the sky is the limit. We’ll report on other happenings in the world of Yuji Naka’s scandal as they come out.
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