Yuji Naka indicted over insider trading case at Square Enix

Weeks after his second arrest, and over a month after his first, game developer Yuji Naka has been indicted over alleged insider trading during his time at Square Enix. 

Per the NHK (and translated via Google), Tokyo’s Public Prosecutor’s Office determined that Naka invested over 144.7 million yen (or $834,000) into the developer. It’s alleged that he was aware that Square Enix was planning to announce Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier for mobile devices, and purchased company stock ahead of its reveal, when stock sales were expected to rise.

Also indicted is ex-Square Enix employee Taisuke Sasaki. Sasaki was previously arrested in mid-November with fellow employee Fumiaki Suzuki over similar allegations of insider trading, but for the mobile title Dragon Quest Tact

Sasaki was claimed to have purchased 105 million yen ($787,318) in stock, according to the NHK. 

During Naka’s first arrest, it was alleged that he purchased stock ahead of Dragon Quest Tact’s official reveal. He reportedly purchased stock in its developer Aiming Inc, which was said to be worth 2.8 million ($20,000).

At time of writing, it’s unknown if Naka or Sasaki will stand trial. 

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