Tomonobu Itagaki was born in and he was into video games at a very young age. During his high school years, he made a Gundam and Zaku game with the help of his younger brother. He created the pixels and his brother wrote the assembly code. He said that "pixel coloring" was his first job.
He became an avid gambler and spent most of his college years gambling. He graduated from its School of Law on March and after meeting a founder of a game developing company, Itagaki decided to pursue a career in gaming.
He began working at Tecmo as a graphics programmer on Tecmo Bowl that same year.
At the time, Tecmo had a lot of deficits and was suffering financially. They were on a brink of bankruptcy. Itagaki then made a bold move by promising Tecmo's then President Mr. Nakamura that he will make a game that would sell to help revitalize the troubled Tecmo. Leaving no other choice, his boss decided to give it a shot and that was how Dead or Alive came about because it "literally means dead or alive," referring to the fate of Tecmo.
It was Tecmo's response to Sega's Virtua Fighter. Ironically, Dead or Alive used the same fighting engine used in Virtua Fighter but despite the generous licensing, Itagaki received no programming resources from Sega. The Dead or Alive series sold well and Itagaki climbed the corporate ladder at Tecmo in the following years. He was appointed as head of Tecmo's third creative department in AprilYosuke hayashi vs tomonobu itagaki sexual harassment as the head of Team Ninja in July In Junehe was promoted to Executive Officer, and became the General Manager of their high-end production department that same year.
He Yosuke hayashi vs tomonobu itagaki sexual harassment stripped of his Executive Office position in August due to a sexual harassment claim filed by a female Tecmo employee. On July 1,Itagaki resigned from Tecmo, claiming he had been denied appropriate bonuses for his work on past games; a lawsuit against his former employer is currently pending.
This is what he wrote:. However, when the time came for the actual payment, Tecmo Co. President Yoshimi Yasuda chose not only to violate this agreement, but also turned defiant, telling me 'if you are dissatisfied with the decision not to pay the bonuses, either quit the company or sue it.
Thus, I have no choice but to resign from Tecmo Co. I have filed this lawsuit with a strong intent to question the social responsibility of Tecmo Co. Today, in addition to announcing the reasons for this lawsuit, I make clear my reasons for resigning. I will also never be able to make Dead or Alive 5. I regret the circumstances that have forced me to leave Yosuke hayashi vs tomonobu itagaki sexual harassment, where I had worked for so many years, and I regret the disappointment this will cause my fans.
However, I can no longer continue to work with President Yoshimi Yasuda, a man who chooses not to honor promises even when he is able to do so. I truly hope that nothing like this happens again in the future. to the fact that he had recently filed a legal complaint against Tecmo, there was no choice but to accept his resignation.
His resignation is effective July 1, The parties could not reach an amicable resolution to this matter, and Itagaki chose to seek a legal remedy. Tecmo will let the court decide the outcome of this case and will seek a true, fair, and quick resolution. Team Ninja is, more than ever, committed to producing compelling and cutting-edge games in order to maintain its reputation as a high-quality developer and to continue to receive the support of its loyal fans. About a month later after his resignation, the price of stock in Tecmo dropped from According to GamesIndustry.
Following Itagaki's departure, Team Ninja employee Yosuke Hayashi was promoted to the position of studio head. The dispute between Itagaki and Tecmo has finally settled out of court on late February I, Tomonobu Itagaki, announce that a settlement was amicably reached on February 26th, upon a mutual agreement with respect to the lawsuit for remuneration, etc.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great help and words of encouragement which have been extended to me so far. I can't hardly wait for the day of announcing my newest work in progress to you all, but I promise you now that I will deliver to you an enjoyable game with depth that surpasses all the games I created before, and is worthy of being world-class entertainment.
Following his departure from Tecmo, Itagaki laid low until shortly before E3 Yosuke hayashi vs tomonobu itagaki sexual harassment announce that he is heading a start-up development house comprised of fellow former Team Ninja staff members that departed with him. The start-up was unofficially referred to as Tokyo Viking when first organized, but was officially established as Valhalla Game Studios in February of The studio made its website debut on March 15, The website gave background on the studio's formation and also announced that it was hiring development talent.
Itagaki's new studio is working on a console action game called Devil's Third. THQ had signed on as the game's publisher, but the company was forced to drop the game from its slate due to serious financial debt that sank the company.
Devil's Third is supposedly still under active development at Valhalla Game Studios, but does not currently have a publisher. The game was intended for release on the PS3 and Xbox Itagaki has cultivated a reputation for his brash public persona. In particular, he is not one to mince words when sharing his opinion and has chided the works of other studios as well as internal Team Ninja projects he had no direct involvement in. Among other games, he has a notable dislike of Namco's Tekken series.
Itagaki also has a preference for designing games for the most powerful hardware on the market, leading to the development of many of his projects as exclusives for Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox Itagaki is known for having an excruciating hatred towards the Tekken "Yosuke hayashi vs tomonobu itagaki sexual harassment" for reasons unknown. In particular, a quote popularly attributed to him is that "Tekken 4 is shit," or "Tekken is shit," depending on the source.
It is not made clear as to why he hates Tekken so much but according to a interview with GameTrailers, he said it's because he had disputes with some Tekken developers. InItagaki listed five of his favorite and least favorite video games for 1UP.
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Itagaki Leaves Tecmo On July 1,Itagaki resigned from Tecmo, claiming he had been denied appropriate bonuses for his work on past games; a lawsuit against his former employer is currently pending. This is what he wrote: I also announce that this complaint was delivered to the defendants on May 22nd of the same year.