Almost a month after an investigation alleged that video game auctions may be underpinned by fraud, former Sonic Team boss Yuji Naka thinks the sale of a Sonic game is a scam

Via Eurogamer, and quoting a tweet from Goldin Auctions, where the original Sonic The Hedgehog sold for $430,500 (roughly £315,175), Naka wrote “what’s this? Is it a scam? That’s a scam right? I wondered if it was time for Sonic to reach a high,” and he added that he “saw the news that Mario was sold at a high price recently, so I thought Sonic was also a high price, but it’s different. I’m sorry.”

Digital Foundry video producer John Linneman responded to a comment under Naka’s post saying “it wouldn’t normally drive the price up this high, though, since this is part of the Wata scam.”

The Goldin Auctions website says the minimum bid price was $75,000 and that overall 21 bids were placed for the 9.4 graded title, with a seal rating of A by Wata Games.

Wata Games came under fire recently as Australian journalist Karl Jobst released a YouTube video claiming that the grading company was engaging in fraud to drive game prices up at auction.

Jobst alleged that CEO of Wata Deniz Kahn corroborated with co-founder of Heritage Jim Halperin to position vintage games more like investments than collectables, by claiming their value would continue to…

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