Hideo Kojima was not allowed to attend The Game Awards 2015 and accept the Best Action/Adventure award for his latest production Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and it’s all thanks to Konami.
After Big Boss/Venom Snake actor Kiefer Sutherland accepted the award on Kojima’s behalf, The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley proceeded to explain the Metal Gear creator’s absence from the show.
“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 award.”
“He’s under employment contract and it’s disappointing. 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. Such an incredible game as Metal Gear Solid V.”
“Hideo is in Tokyo, right now watching the show.”
The audience at The Game Awards 2015 (and surely viewers watching online) booed the unfair news that a creator of beloved franchise and solid final game was unable to accept an award he deserves.
We await a response from Konami PR, but are anticipating a statement saying Hideo Kojima is still on vacation.
Earlier today in Tokyo, Hideo Kojima was also absent from accepting for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at the PlayStation Awards, which he has attended in the past.
Word of his falling out with Konami surfaced earlier this year, after his name and Kojima Productions studio branding was removed from Metal Gear Solid V’s cover and other promotional materials and he was no longer listed as a Konami executive.
Stories from employees have shown Konami has a vicious, destructive company culture.
A New Yorker article reported Hideo Kojima left Konami offices for good in early October, with the author tweeting a picture of a farewell party. Konami PR denied Kojima’s departure and stated he and his team are on "vacation."
Donna Burke, singer of Metal Gear Solid V’s "Sins of the Father" and Peace Walker’s "Heaven’s Divide," teased that "all will soon be revealed" regarding Kojima’s future. Many speculated that tonight, at The Game Awards, would be when the world would would find out. Kojima’s contract with Konami reportedly expires at the end of the year.