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Tekken director explains why you shouldn’t share character ideas with game devs

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The director of Tekken, Katsuhiro Harada, really doesn’t want you to share your character ideas with him, and it’s not because he doesn’t care or wants to be edgy. Instead, there’s a very good reason for not doing so, as he has comprehensively explained on X.

“Basically, the more specific and detailed the idea is, the less likely we are to adopt it, and the further away from it we are from being influenced by it”, he states. “Why? Because a certain percentage of people will file a lawsuit in the form of ‘you used my proposal without permission’ or ‘you stole my proposal’ or ‘that was my proposal’.”

By sharing your ideas with devs such as those making Tekken, then, you could end up steering them away from a design they’ve already been working on — one that you could have potentially been wanting in the game all along. Because who wants to a risk a time-consuming and costly lawsuit? Or the bad press associated with accusations of content theft or plagiarism? No one.

You can read Harada’s lengthy post on the matter below, which also explains how some Tekken characters were created with the help of the community.

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