Former Square Enix exec spills thoughts on Konami's treatment towards Hideo Kojima
Hideo Kojima is a gaming mastermind and the creator of the much-loved series Metal Gear Solid. Former Square Enix executive Yoichi Wada has gone on Facebook detailing his thoughts about the recent rumours surrounding the treatment towards Kojima by Konami.
Wada stated earlier this week that 'however you think about this, this is a negative for business'. It's clear that Kojima has his support in this matter, and he went on to say:
“Maybe leaving the home console market is management’s plan, but going out of your way to make enemies with the world has no meaning. 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 the little details for whole enterprise.”
During the recent Game Awards ceremony, it was allegedly reported that Konami's lawyers banned Kojima from attending. The host for the evening, Geoff Keighley, stated 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."
This was met with a loud chorus of boo's from the audience and to all good intention it is incredibly strange as to why he couldn't accept his own awards. In his absence it was actor Keifer Sutherland who was brought up to the stage to collect it.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you a fan of Hideo Kojima's work? Let me know in the comments below!
tobes325December 10, 2015, 1:01 pmContributorLove reading all your comments on this guys! I agree with all of you actually! I think it's very unprofessional of Konami to be behaving this way and everyone knows Hideo Kojima has a massive following so it's not like he's going to be short of offers if he ever has to part ways with them! They're definitely shooting themselves in the foot here!
Damien SmithDecember 10, 2015, 9:35 amCorrespondentThe actions of Konami over the past year has been absolutely bizarre and nonsensical to say the least. Cancelling Silent Hills, the whole situation with Hideo Kojima, turning video game licences into Pachinko machines, stating Hideo Kojima has not left the company and is on vacation and now this?
Konami are truly sticking up the middle fingers to everyone at this point, both employees and millions of now former-fans. At the end of the day, Konami are the ones losing out when it comes to this whole saga of incompetent behavior.
All Hideo Kojima has to do is set up an independent company name, go to kickstarter with an idea and let the money roll in by the freight load. We have seen this happen already with other legends from the industry this year, and it would be no different for Kojima.
Venisia GonzalezDecember 10, 2015, 3:10 amFeatured ColumnistWhat happened that night was shameful, just shameful. Hideo Kojima earned his right to accept his awards, regardless of the relationship between them at this point.
Konami is acting like a bitter wife in a divorce who prevented him from seeing the kids. It's a spectacle at this point. Konami is becoming the most hated name in the industry over this.
This isn't worth the negative impact to business or industry but Hideo Kojima will be standing with the last laugh at the end.
David FisherDecember 9, 2015, 3:29 pmFeatured ColumnistSee, there's shooting yourself in the foot, but what Konami is pulling with their management lately is more akin to shooting yourself in the foot, sawing it off, throwing it in the freezer, cooking it without thawing, and then tossing it into radioactive sludge that is about to be detonated with a nuclear warhead. There's certainly something wrong going on with their company, and frankly I'm pretty glad that people are calling them out on their shit.
I'm just glad I haven't paid for Konami games in recent memory. Not like they have much to offer me nowadays anyway.