Head of Team Ninja resigns, files lawsuit
Long time Tecmo employee and video game development rock star Tomonobu Itagaki has announced that he has resigned and has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.
Itagaki, best known as the creator of the Dead or Alive series of video games and the man behind the Ninja Gaiden remakes, has left Techmo, alleging that Tecmo was unwilling to pay him promised bonuses and that Tecmo president Yoshimi Yasuda “made demeaning remarks” about him to other Tecmo employees that caused him “significant emotional distress”, resulting in a “worsening [of his] personal relationships and work environment.”
Itagaki has filed suit against Yasuda for 148 million yen, which is around $1.5 million US.
Tecmo retains the rights to Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden.