Fans being angry because the quality of a game or a new update does not meet expectations has become common in the gaming industry. To express their attitude and relieve their psychology, most people choose to go to forums to complain or spam the studio asking for changes, but there are also rarer cases where fans have sent everything. The story goes too far, even threatening the lives of the developers. The serious incident that occurred last weekend with Genshin Impact creator “miHoYo” is a typical example.
According to Baidu, a man was arrested on the night of April 24 in Shanghai on suspicion of plotting to murder Liu Wei and Cai Haoyu, co-founders of miHoYo. This young man was carrying a gun and was trying to infiltrate the office building before being arrested. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident and the man is currently in police custody.
The specific reason behind the motive for the murder of this young man is unknown, but perhaps it is all due to the recent update of Honkai Impact 3, a quite popular miHoYo game in addition to Genshin Impact. The update, which adds a bunny girl outfit and dance moves to the game’s female war goddess character, launched earlier this month for all markets except China. After a backlash from players in this country when they thought the updated content was inappropriate, miHoYo quickly postponed the release date and apologized to the gaming community in this country.
It’s unclear whether this attacker was angry because the updated content was inappropriate or because it wasn’t released in China, but either way he wanted revenge on the game’s developers. According to Baidu, he took the opportunity to go to Shanghai, prepared two 9cm-long knives with him, and planned to kill Liu and Cai before committing suicide.
Unfortunately, miHoYo is not the first company to suffer from these types of threats. In July 2019, a maniac also set fire to Kyoto Animation, followed by a series of other shocking events, such as the shooting at Twitch headquarters and the bomb threat at Bandai Namco. This incident will certainly unsettle the miHoYo developers, but hopefully it won’t affect the studio’s upcoming plans too much.
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