Last week, The Video Game Awards took place and while the event had its fair share of announcements, none really were bigger than when host Geoff Keighley announced Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, was barred from attending the event by Konami. During the show, Keighley announced:
“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little 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.”
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won the award for best Action/Adventure game, which was accepted on behalf of the voice of Snake in the game, Kiefer Sutherland. This is the latest development in the odd relationship between Konami and developer, Hideo Kojima. When we last heard about Konami and Hideo Kojima, Konami stated Kojima was on vacation. Also, a Los Angeles Kojima studio has been closed and rebranded as Konami Los Angeles.
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