*Interesting news today. According to a report by the MSN Sankei, Square Enix’s main office in Tokyo and related personnel were raided on August 5 by the Osaka district police due to a criminal lawsuit filed by SNK Playmore.
The claim alleges that SNK Playmore’s intellectual properties were being infringed by Square Enix’s publishing division in their popular arcade manga “High-score Girl”. Police officials will be looking through confiscated evidence and will be conducting interrogations to the editor as well as the author, Rensuke Oshikiri.
“High-score Girl” is a love comedy manga that takes place in Japan during the 1990s and features many scenes with fighting games which was the big trend at the time. SNK Playmore claims that the manga has over 100 cutscenes featuring characters from their games including KOF and Samurai Shodown. The end pages of the books have © printed with SNKPlaymore’s company name, making it look as though they were published under permission.
SNK Playmore realized the infringement when anime production for High-score Girl began in summer of 2013 and its production company contacted them for authorization on the use of their characters and music. The company filed suit this May.
A page of the manga