Video Game Law Blog

November 09, 2006

According to recent reports, Tecmo's Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of theDead or Aliveseries, has been accused of sexually harassing a former Tecmo employee. According to the former employee who is suing Tecmo for 10 million Japanese Yen (approximately $96,000CAD), Itagaki made repeated advances towards her over a period of at least 3 years.  Itagaki, who is married with children, has not denied that there was kissing involved although when questioned,he stated thatthat 'anything they did was with her consent."? Although Itagaki does not appear to have a new job description, according to some sources, in title at least, Tecmo demoted Itagaki from Executive Officer to Managing Executive Officer in response to the harassment allegations. According to Tecmo, 'there was a difference of opinions, and it will be cleared up in the trial."?  The plaintiff it would seem, is going to get her day in court.

Coverage at 

http://www.shorl.com/harykorejestu (biz.gamedaily)

http://www.shorl.com/bybutregrosyfa (gamerevolution)

http://www.shorl.com/damegobujyfry (gamesarefun)