Remember the challenge between Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Atsushi Morita and Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda at Call of Duty: Black Ops III?
It was held yesterday and aired on Nico Nico. As expected, it was pretty hilarious.
The proceedings started with a vote from the viewers on who they thought would win. Just south of 60% of the audience cast their vote on Square Enix’s team.
After the presentation of the two teams, two video messages of encouragement were broadcasted, from the two company’s Yoshidas. Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida was at Matsuda-san’s corner, with a cheerful message that mentioned his “Headshot Ojisan” (Uncle Headshot) nickname.
SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida was the one offering his “encouragement” to Morita-san, and it was quite hilarious. Yoshida-san didn’t prove to have much confidence in his boss’ ability to beat the solid competition, and told him that to his knowledge Matsuda-san was quite the gamer, so Morita-san should try to smile and do something about it. Afterwards, Yoshida-san also took the chance to pull out his best smile and advertise Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Needless to say, Morita-san mentioned that Yoshida-san’s message wasn’t much of an encouragement, but sounded a lot more like advertisement.
After that, they started the competition, with two team matches under the leadership of the two hard-boiled executives. As you can see from the results below (unfortuately they aren’t very legible due to Nico Nico’s bad quality), Square Enix’ team, that played on the CDP side, pretty much destroyed Sony’s Black Ops team.
Detailed results weren’t excessively flattering for either executive, with Morita-san finishing his matches with 4/21 and 5/21 kill/death ration. Matsuda-san did better, finishing at 6/19 in the first match and salvaging his honor in the second with a 13/19.
To be fair, some of the other players on both teams were very good, so it’s not unsurprising that both executives ended the matches with negative ratios. That said, I’m somewhat happy to see that I’m not the only one that gets that kind of result. I normally fail at hitting a barn’s wall from the inside, and it’s nice to be in good company.
Four more matches were held, even if the two executives did not participate, leaving the controller in favor of their employees. Unfortunately for Sony, Square Enix dominated three of the matches, while only one ended in a draw.
Of course, everything was in good fun, including the (almost) tearful final remarks by Morita-san, followed by the triumphant speech from Matsuda-san. The ending results were very clearly in favor of Square Enix, that took its revenge for Sony’s acquisition of the publishing rights of the game for Japan.
Below you can see a video with the highlights of the show, including the vote, the “encouragement” messages, the two matches played by Morita-san and Matsuda-san, and the final remarks. Morita-san and Matsuda-san are at the top of each team list, so you can see when the camera is on them.
You probably won’t understand much of what’s said if you don’t speak Japanese, but trust me, it’s still funny.