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Hideo Kojima wasn’t allowed to go the video game awards

On December 3rd, the game Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain won Best Action Adventure at the video game awards. Kiefer Sutherland picked up the trophy on behalf of Hideo Kojima, the games creator. Then the host Geoff Keighley said “Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards” Keighley was met with booing, in response to what Konami has allegedly done.

This is the most recent event surrounding the year long controversy surrounding Konami and Kojima.

This started on March 19th 2015 when Kojima’s name and the Kojima productions logo were being pulled off of Konami’s website and any other related marketing material. Konami released a statement saying Kojima productions was being renamed Konami digital entertainment. Shortly afterwards, it was revealed that Hideo Kojima and Konami will no longer be working together.

On March 31st, the Kojima productions logo was removed from the Silent Hills website, according to the publisher Konami, “this is all part of the rebranding efforts.” Silent Hills was the other big game title which Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro were working on.

There was also some issues involving Konami deciding whether or not Kojima and his company should be on the Metal Gear products, as part of the “Rebranding efforts” Konami at many stages of the development of the game, removed Kojima’s name from Metal Gear projects and then replaced them on certain products.

The demo for Silent Hills, called P.T. was removed from the playstation store on the 25th of April. On April 27th Konami officially announced that Silent Hills has been cancelled and then Konami removed itself from the New York Stock Exchange. They said that the removal from the stock exchange was because it was “no longer economically justifiable.”

On May 29th, Konami apologised to fans of the Silent Hills franchise and explained that it is working towards a “Mobile First” future. This means that they will be focusing more on making mobile games.Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain made $179 million dollars on launch day.

Kojima’s departure ceremony from Konami was on the 9th of October.

Grace Davison is a student studying Computer Character Animation and she has been a fan of the Metal Gear series since it started. She believes that Konami has made an “unwise decision when they fired Kojima” but she admits that Kojima was a very “off the wall and occasionally difficult individual.”

Grace disagrees with Konami’s decision to go focus mainly on mobile games.She said ” I feel like throwing longer running franchises that stand the test of time out, to purely focus on a bubble that could burst at any point wasn’t the best idea.” Grace believes that the mobile game industry will not last and any success it has at the moment will soon be erased.

Davison thinks that if Kojima was really not allowed to attend the awards ceremony then “That seems very controlling, especially if they had already fired him at that point. Japanese business practices are far from ours and much tougher generally, but that doesn’t excuse him from going to an awards ceremony, to possible receive an award for a game he directed, Konami do very little but publish.”

Yoichi Wada, who is a former square enix executive have his opinions surrounding the issue. Wada said “Maybe leaving the home console mark is management’s plan, but going out of your way to make enemies with the world has no meaning.”

Wada even went as far as to say “Generally this kind of thing happens when there’s a lack of leadership. I think perhaps there isn’t someone in charge who is paying attention and laying out all there little details for whole enterprise” in regards to the rumors concerning what has happened at Konami.

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