Hideo Kojima forbidden from attending The Game Awards by Konami Updated

first_imgIt appears game designer Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami are still on rocky ground after the Metal Gear Solid creator was told he could not attend The Game Awards 2015 in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday night. Hideo Kojima was set to appear at the award show in which Metal Gear Solid V was up for four awards, including Game of the Year, and Kojima Studios was nominated for Developer of the Year.After actor Kiefer Sutherland took to the stage to accept the award for Best Action/Adventure game on Kojima’s behalf , host Geoff Keighley took a moment to address both the crowd and viewers at home, informing them of Kojima’s obvious absence. He explained that due to an employment contract with Konami, Kojima was not allowed to attend the show or to accept any awards on behalf of Metal Gear and the studio.The response from fans at The Game Awards was noticeable: a loud boo ushered up from the audience.Keighley continued on adding his own his own thoughts on the matter, “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.”Kojima’s relationship with the game studio Konami has been in question since earlier this year when the new Silent Hills game that Kojima was working on with director Guillermo del Toro was suddenly canceled, and the demo that was to precede it was pulled from the PlayStation Store. Then in July, rumors circulated that that Kojima’s production studio had “dissolved” and was no longer in operation.Konami has been trying to combat these rumors each time, going so far as to issue a take down of a YouTube video that tried to explain all the back and forth up until that point. Even American publication The New Yorker started reporting on it all, citing that Hideo Kojima had officially left Konami. Konami responded by saying, oh no, he’s just on vacation.It’s been a year long drama as crazy as any Metal Gear story line. One thing is for certain though, the fans are behind Kojima and Kojima himself continues to stay classy and supports his team and Metal Gear, even from the other side of the world.Update, 12/21/2015: It also turns out that Kojima is forbidden from talking about his split with Konami, as well. He seems to be forbidden from doing a lot of stuff lately. Check out what went down, below:last_img