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Korean game company employee leaps to death after being fired

Employee had allegedly embezzled cyber money and sold it to game users for hundreds of millions of won

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 10:49am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 10:49am

By Hong Dam-young

A male employee of Netmarble Games, Korea’s top mobile game developer, leaped to his death from the company building after being fired for alleged embezzlement.

The employee, surnamed Park, 36, jumped from the 20th floor at Guro-dong, Guro-gu district in Seoul, at around 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Yeongdeungpo police said.

The company had fired Park for allegedly embezzling cyber money and selling it to game users for hundreds of millions of won.

“We are deeply sorry for his death,” Netmarble said in a statement.

“Park seems to have taken an extreme measure after getting fired for laying his hands on the company’s asset for his own benefit.”

Although a suicide note has not been found, a rumour on the Internet said a letter had been found in a mobile group chat room he used with colleagues.

“I got fired today, which I don’t object to because it was my fault,” reads the alleged letter.

“But they completely ignored my last demands for mercy and insulted me to the point where I couldn’t stand anymore.

“I’m leaving this cold-blooded company.”  

Police are investigating the suicide.

Formed in 2000, Netmarble Games has produced some Korea’s most successful mobile games such as “Everybody’s Marble,” “Rise of Ravens (also known as “EvilBane” in the US) and “Seven Knights.”