Screenshot: Sega/YouTubeToday, Sega announced that Yakuza executive director and producer Toshihiro Nagoshi will be stepping down from the corporate board of directors. He will, however, remain at Sega.As reported on Game Biz, Nagoshi will leave the board since April 1, when the brand-new Japanese fiscal year begins. He will step down as Segas Chief Creative Officer but will work as innovative director. There is speculation online in Japan that Nagoshi was pushed out in the wake of a controversial comment he made last year, appearing to mock Puyo esports players. The manufacturer stated that they seemed like they eat beef bowls with cheese. The term chiizu gyuudon gao (チーズ牛丼顔) or “cheese beef bowl face” has actually been distributing online. Shortened to chiigyu (チー牛) or “cheese beef,” this slang term is used to refer to people who live in rural locations, look very young, wear glasses, and do not have much aspiration. Its a negative, buffooning term to deride people who may not be considered “cool.”Nagoshi excused the remark, saying, “As the remark was directed at players who are providing their all playing a Sega title, Puyo Puyo, and as it stained all of esports, for that, I am very sorry. It was truly inexcusable.”The famed producer does continue to appear in Segas YouTube livestreams (imagined, above), so possibly Nagoshi is stepping down for other factors. Ideally, hell have the ability to focus his energy more on Yakuza video games and not business politics.