Konami Wouldn’t Let Hideo Kojima Go to the Game Awards 2015
Hideo Kojima, the man behind Metal Gear Solid, has been informed by Konami’s lawyers that he was not allowed to attend The Game Awards 2015 to accept awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Host Geoff Keighley exposed Konami after awarding MGSV the best action/adventure game of the year. He explains why the voice of Snake in the game, Kiefer Sutherland, accepted the award instead of Kojima himself:
As you noticed Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little bit about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s awards ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract and it’s disappointing, and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.
Why Hideo Kojima Wasn’t at The 2015 Game Awards
The boos coming from the crowd sum it up well; everybody is on Kojima’s side in this situation and Konami keeps taking steps to make themselves the bad guys. It is speculated that Kojima is using up his vacation days and sometime this month he will officially leave the company. What he does next is completely unknown.
Some guess he’ll make his own studio and create some indie game he’s already started, some say he’ll team up with Sony and continue to work on Silent Hills (just under a different title, of course). I think the ladder guess seems probable, but at this point nobody really knows.
It took some serious Keighley had the gonads to call out Konami. Hopefully we’ll get the answers soon as to what exactly went down between Kojima and Konami, but for right now, we are all in the dark.
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