The curators of Showtime, a fanzine entirely dedicated to Persona 5, claim that a team member stole € 20,000 from the independent magazine’s mutual fund and then spent it on in-game purchases of Genshin Impact.
The incredible story, tell the curators of the fanzine, forced the team to block publications indefinitely and to take action to recover the money distracted by a staff member (Ree). Showtime managers explain that Ree illicitly tapped into Persona 5 fan magazine’s mutual fund, subtracting a total of CAD $ 27,625. about 20,400 euros at the current exchange rate.
In an effort to figure out what had happened, the Showtime staff learned that Ree stole that money to upgrade and customize their characters in the free-to-play dimension of Genshin Impact. To the detriment of the indefinite closure of publications and the unexpected budget gap is also added the insult of the difficulties encountered by other Showtime members to recover the stolen money.
As the legal counsel of Showtime, in fact, Ree had no formal collaboration contract with the Persona 5 fanzine and the money was passed directly from Etsy, the portal from which the sales of the paper copies of the magazine were managed in an ‘amateur’ way, to personal current accounts of the person in question.