SNK Playmore has filed a criminal copyright infringement complaint against Square Enix. According to a report in the Sankei business newspaper (by way of Crunchyroll and NeoGAF), SNK Playmore has filed a complaint in Osaka, Japan, alleging that the company used (over 100 instances of) unauthorized depictions of SNK Playmore characters in the Hi Score Girl manga published by Square-Enix.
The reports goes on to say that the Consumer and Economic Crime Division of the Osaka Police raided the local offices of Square-Enix on Tuesday to gather evidence. Authorities also reportedly questioned manga author Rensuke Oshikiri and the author's editor regarding the alleged infringement.
In a press release today SNK Playmore said that it filed the criminal complaint because Square Enix did not respond to its request to halt the sale of the manga. The company is seeking an injunction on the sale of Hi-Score Girl, which is available online and in retail stores in Japan.
We will have more on this story as it develops…