“What is this? Is this a scam? It is a scam isn’t it?”
Nearly a month after an investigation alleged that video game auctions may have been less than fraudulent, former Sonic team boss Yuji Naka thinks the sale of one of sound The game is a scam.
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Via eurogamerhandjob and citing a tweet from Goldin Auctions, where the original Sonic the Hedgehog Sold for $430,500 (about £315,175), Naka wrote “What is this? Is this a scam? It’s a scam isn’t it? I was wondering if it’s time of sound to reach a high,” and he said he “saw the news that mario was recently sold at a higher price, so I thought of sound There was also a higher price, but this is different. Forgive me.”
What is this https://t.co/U6BkQaWgHz
— Yuji Naka / Yuji Naka (@nakayuji) September 21, 2021
digital foundry Video producer John Linneman responded to a comment under Naka’s post, saying, “It usually won’t drive the price up that much, however, it’s part of the Wata scam.”
goldin auction Website states that the minimum bid price was $75,000 and a total of 21 bids were placed for the title graded 9.4, with a seal rating of A by Wata Games.
Recently Australian journalist Carl Jobst criticized Wata Games for releasing a YouTube video claiming that the grading company was involved in fraud to inflate the prices of games at auction.
Jobst alleges that the CEO of Wata Deniz Kahn co-founded with Heritage Jim Halperin to position vintage games more like investments than collectibles, claiming that their value would continue to rise.
Jobst’s video follows a jump in prices for vintage games, as super mario 64 Sold for £1.1 million, and a sealed and boxed copy of Skyrim Sold for £433. Both of these titles were VAT classified and sold as part of the Heritage Auction catalogue.
In other news, hello infinity There will be no ranking system other than Battle Pass when it launches this December, with developers saying they’re still listening to fan feedback after launch.
Yuji Naka also recently announced a return to game development, and he’s using Unity to single out a game for mobile.