Konami Banned Hideo Kojima from Attending The Game Awards 2015

For those of you who were watching The Game Awards last night, you most likely heard what happened between Kojima and Konami.

Geoff Keighley said that Kojima wasn’t allowed to attend the event due to Konami’s lawyers essentially banning him from showing up. The reason being was that he was still under employee contract, despite no longer working with the company. His contract is set to expire this month.

From the video above:

As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted 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 award ceremony to accept any awards[…]He’s 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. But that’s the situation we’re in. Hideo is in Tokyo right now watching the show – and we wanted you to know Hideo that we’re thinking of you – and we miss you.

As a tribute to the Metal Gear creator, Stephanie Joosten was brought on stage to sing Quiet’s Theme, which you can view here.

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  1. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 4, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Is this the “vacation” Konami was talking about? Lying sacks of shit.

  2. Mr0303
    December 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I honestly can’t believe the lack of self awareness from Konami. When you make the Doritos Pope look like the reasonable good guy, you re-evaluate your life.

  3. Loli-Nox-Tan
    December 4, 2015 at 10:35 am

    No PR is bad PR

  4. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    December 4, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Many have already said this, and I’ll say it right here as well:

    Why? What was this supposed to accomplish??

  5. Neojames82
    December 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Ummm, didn’t they fire him at this point?

  6. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    December 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Konami should just change the company name instead of further dragging it through the mud with some of the most despicable choices in the gaming industry~.

  7. John Tesh
    John Tesh
    December 4, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Who gives a shit if we don’t know what went on behind the scenes.

  8. dogmentation
    December 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

    They wanna be in the bad boys club with EA and Ubisoft.

  9. Parkour
    December 4, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Motto in their Twitter page: “We are already Demons”. You know it, Konami. You fucking know it.

    Honestly, seeing one of my favourites videogame series ending like that at TGA last night was pretty overwhelming.

    May Hideo be free someday, working in a company that respects and appreciates him and his talent, far away from Konami’s claws.

  10. PenguinPlayer
    December 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

    But why? What are they trying to do? Do they want to become the most hated game company on the planet?

    At this point I think EA is probably paying Konami to take the heat off of them for a while.

  11. Asuka
    December 4, 2015 at 11:56 am

    They could sue the shit out of him.

  12. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    December 4, 2015 at 11:56 am

    It’s really clear Konami doesn’t care about the vidya industry anymore but jesus fucking christ I always forget just how petty some companies can get. This had “horrible PR” written all over it and they just didn’t care.

    If I wasn’t so disgusted at Konami I’d almost be impressed with their sheer lack of an ability to give a fuck.

  13. Asuka
    December 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I can’t wait to one day learn just what went down between Kojima and Konami. I also can’t wait for Kojima to be legally free from Konami so he can work for other companies making new games.

  14. Vault Man
    Vault Man
    December 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That sucks for Kojima.

  15. djluke_1993
    December 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Fucking hell poor Kojima…

  16. Malcolm_Ecks
    December 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Like Blackwater?

  17. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    The reason is simple. They couldn’t handle Kojima’s greatness. :p

  18. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I hope Kojima pulls a Kamiya and develop games from his own studio. He doesn’t have to be Konami’s bitch anymore.

  19. Stilzkin
    December 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Konami is like a mustache twirling cartoon villan

  20. scemar
    December 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    dorito pope looking all right there
    other people could have keep shut about that but this is something we deserved to know

    damn, konami, you’re one cold blooded demon

  21. Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    December 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Huh, video was removed by the user. Weeeeeeeeeeird

  22. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    December 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Konami’s really trying to out-do EA for being the most dirt-bag gaming company aren’t they.

  23. No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Sounded more like he was grounded by his evil stepmother. I hope his fairy godmother steps up to base when it’s something worthwhile.

  24. No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Keeping everyones mouth shut and locked away.

  25. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    December 4, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    On a brighter note, Stefanie Joosten performed Quiet’s Theme. JOOSTEN.

  26. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    December 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Right, cause you wouldn’t want to ruin the company’s image right? Oh wait….

  27. Kiryu
    December 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Just like i banned Konami from my wallet.Will buy it cheap used when i feel like.

  28. Kiryu
    December 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    They have succeeded in my book.

  29. Kiryu
    December 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Kojima is loved by gamers and that pisses of Konami.

  30. Carl_Ed
    December 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    They only indescriminately fired on civilians, though. At least they aren’t stopping people making games.

  31. scemar
    December 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    EA underpayed developers, underpayed athletes, kills good franchises, disbands good studios and bites its customers with all kinds of nastiest policies.

    Konami so far has just given up the business franchises, stopped Kojima receiving an award which everyone knows he won anyway and now he has more sympathy than ever and he’s feeling all that love.

    They’re bad but Konami’s bad deeds are all backfiring on it, EA is the professional villain that knows how to get away with it over and over.

  32. sanic
    December 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Yeesh EA is going to be able to point to konami and say “see we’re not the biggest dick heads”

  33. Truck
    December 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Shame it wasn’t Burke.

  34. Thanatos2k
    December 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Just when you think Konami can’t hit a new low, they do it!

  35. Thanatos2k
    December 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Castlevania Pachinko

  36. RedKnight
    December 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Regardless of what on behind the scenes, Konami has refused to explain the matter what so ever and has even gone to saying he was “on vacation” what they did just shows how much more they are an un-trusted company.

    Konami had a lot of fans, and then they through it away without any good explanation, you cant pull moves like these when you have a audience and a reputation like what they had before.
    Far as i am concerned there is no Konami anymore, and ill never get to see the games i loved from them ever again, and even if they did release a new game i probably wont support it now and i will insist on others not supporting them.

  37. British_Otaku
    December 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    The difference is that even though Kamiya and friends left on pretty rough terms, Kamiya has some interest (held some polls about him working on VJ/DMC/Okami) and love for Capcom (even telling people off for insulting his old home) still.

    Kojima won’t want to be seen anywhere next to Konami after all this.

  38. Cerzel
    December 4, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    “EA underpayed developers, kills good franchises,
    disbands good studios and bites its customers with all kinds of
    nastiest policies.”

    But Konami did all of those things too.

  39. Zombie_Barioth
    December 4, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Damn it, that’s my line.:P

    First they put him on a non-compete agreement, then Kojima is just “on vacation”, next they’re done with AAA games, now they aren’t. Finally they pull this crap. Just what they hell do those lunatics think they’re doing?

  40. V Whitaker
    V Whitaker
    December 5, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Well, goodness, Konami!? You just don’t give a shit anymore do you?

  41. V Whitaker
    V Whitaker
    December 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

    It looks like they tried to ‘play hardball’ then realizing their massive mistake are now in a downward spiral of ‘damage control’. Something tells me that Kojima is somewhere nodding and smiling as he watches them crash and burn. At least I hope he is.

  42. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    December 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hey I said trying, not succeeding.

  43. epobirs
    December 6, 2015 at 2:09 am

    1. Completely alienate your core customer base.
    2. ??????

    3. Profit!