Ninja Gaiden II leader quits and sues Tecmo

gaiden guyTomonobu Itagaki, the brains behind the Dead or Alive fighting games and team leader of Ninja Gaiden II has called it quits with Tecmo, citing his reasons as having to do with "unpaid completion bonuses."

Itagaki says that Yoshimi Yasuda, president of Tecmo told him, "…if you are dissatisfied with the decision not to pay the bonuses, either quit the company or sue it…."

Itagaki posted his statement of resignation and from the looks of it; he is quite dissatisfied with Tecmo and its president, Yoshimi Yasuda.

I, Tomonobu Itagaki, hereby announce that on the 14th of May 2008 I filed a complaint in the Tokyo District Court against Tecmo Co., Ltd. for unpaid completion bonuses, and against the President of Tecmo, Yoshimi Yasuda, for such unlawful acts as unreasonable and disingenuous statements made towards me, claiming damages in total of 148 million yen. I also announce that this complaint was delivered to the defendants on May 22nd of the same year.

In addition, I hereby announce that I have today submitted a letter of resignation to Tecmo Co., Ltd. stating that I will resign as of the 1st of July, 2008.

Before the start of development on DEAD OR ALIVE 4, Tecmo Co., Ltd. had agreed to pay a completion bonus to me for this Xbox 360 title, which I produced. However, when the time came for the actual payment, Tecmo Co., Ltd. went against its previous agreement and refused payment. President Yoshimi Yasuda chose not only to violate this agreement, but also turned defiant, telling me ?if you are dissatisfied with the decision not to pay the bonuses, either quit the company or sue it.? In addition, he made demeaning remarks about me to my subordinates and colleagues, causing me significant emotional distress and worsening my personal relationships and work environment. Thus, I have no choice but to resign from Tecmo Co., Ltd.

The conduct of Tecmo Co., Ltd. and its president Yoshimi Yasuda towards me has been unbefitting of a publicly-listed company.

I have filed this lawsuit with a strong intent to question the social responsibility of Tecmo Co., Ltd. and its President Yoshimi Yasuda, as well as condemning them for their unjust acts. Today, in addition to announcing the reasons for this lawsuit, I make clear my reasons for resigning.

Itagaki then expressed his apologies to his gaming audience.

To All Game Fans,

I truly feel sorry to all the fans of the games I have made. NINJA GAIDEN 2, which will launch on the 3rd of June will be the last NINJA GAIDEN I will create. I will also never be able to make DEAD OR ALIVE 5. I regret the circumstances that have forced me to leave Tecmo, where I had worked for so many years, and I regret the disappointment this will cause my fans.

However, I can no longer continue to work with President Yoshimi Yasuda, a man who chooses not to honor promises even when he is able to do so.

I truly hope that nothing like this happens again in the future.

Tecmo Co., Ltd. Creative Officer
Leader, Team NINJA

Tomonobu Itagaki

Itagaki is an outspoken critic of the game industry and has condemned the Tekken fighting games as stagnant and uninspired. He remarked that Heavenly Sword, Final Fantasy X, and MGS2: Sons of Liberty, as lacking in real user "interactivity."

He was embroiled in a sexual harassment case in 2006 when a female employee accused Itagaki of unwanted sexual advances. After a full investigation by Tecmo, the charges were dropped. Itagaki and the female employee were demoted, however, because of mixing their "personal affairs with their corporate responsibilities."

[via 1UP]


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