Tomonobu Itagaki has come to the second hearing of his lawsuit against Tecmo with guns ablazin’. He served up two chunks of evidence to support his case and force Tecmo’s hand to pay him what he calls unpaid wages and bonuses. More in the full article up next.
Dead or Alive series creator and former Team Ninja chief Tomonobu Itagaki presented more evidence against former employer Tecmo in their on-going legal battle. This is the second hearing for the case that Itagaki filed for what he calls unpaid wages and bonuses.
The primary evidence presented in a Japanese court was a copy of a contract dated March 4th, 2005 which promises the developer he would get special incentives for completing the game. Itagaki also claims that the same contract entitles him to 6.66 percent of the product’s total profits.
“I am prepared to reveal this evidence as the need arises for the sake of greater justice,” said Itagaki when asked to comment on the matter.
He added “it is clear that this self-centered behavior by Tecmo Co. Ltd. and its president Yoshimi Yasuda, from the filing of the petition to its subsequent withdrawal, was an attempt to increase my own personal burden in both time and funds needed to combat the petition.”
Also presented was a voice recording and a transcript of it between Itagaki and Tecmo president Yoshimi Yasuda. If the evidence is to be believed, then Tecmo could be in hot water. Yoshimi allegedly told Itagaki “the board of directors did vote on it and a ringi (a document) was signed.”
Itagaki has raised his demands from US$ 1.3 million to a total of US$ 1.5 million. We’ll keep you posted for more on this legal saga.