Today we bring you a bombshell. As reported by Takashi Mochizuki in an exclusive for Bloomberg, Toshihiro Nagoshi, the creator of Yakuza and Super Monkey Ball, is reportedly on the verge of leaving SEGA for a high-caliber Chinese company. Specifically, talks with NetEase are reportedly coming to fruition, and the creator is almost certain to leave for this other company. NetEase is known for high caliber mobile games, such as Onmyoji or Identity V.
Along with this, there is news that Tencent, another Chinese company, is interested in acquiring a new Japanese studio, although there are still no indications as to which one it might be. In short, this news shows the pressure that China is exerting on the Japanese video game market, which is now finding itself on the ropes in the face of the economic power of the other market.