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What is Team Yu?
Team Yu is a campaign urging Sega to give the Shenmue license to its creator Yu Suzuki, so that he can explore other funding options for Shenmue III. Whether that's knocking on the doors of other publishers, crowd sourcing donations through Kickstarter, negotiating an exclusivity deal with one of the console manufacturers, or a combination of these. He's passionate about making this sequel and concluding his story, but Sega seem disinterested and even resentful towards the franchise. That's their right, but we believe it's unfair of them to hold onto the license if they don't intend to produce the game that fans have been waiting over a decade to play.
We're trying to gather support on Twitter and Facebook (and beyond), encouraging fans to back Yu Suzuki and pressure Sega into doing the right thing. Team Yu focuses on this very specific goal of liberating the Shenmue license, rather than continuing the vague pleas for Shenmue III that have been ignored for the past ten years. Appealing to Sega to make the game themselves simply isn't working, and we believe this is the key issue that needs to be resolved before any real progress can be made.
Every month on the 3rd, co-promoted by the Shenmue500K group, we have established a regular Tweetathon inviting anyone and everyone to tweet the hashtag #GiveYuTheShenmueLicense, reminding Sega of the only acceptable alternative to announcing Shenmue III. With your help we can channel the frustration that we all feel into a persistent public demonstration that Sega and their shareholders are unable to ignore. We already have support within the industry and gaming media. But most of all, Team Yu needs YOU.
Team Yu works in unison with fan groups around the world to try and make legendary game designer Yu Suzuki's vision for Shenmue III a reality. Full campaign details can be found on TeamYu.net.