The Game Awards took place last night, at which The Phantom Pain won best Action/Adventure, an award that was accepted by Keifer Sutherland, who took on the voice of Big Boss throughout the game.
Naturally people were surprised to see that Hideo Kojima, the creator of the game, wasn’t there to accept the award. Presenter Geoff Keighley tackled the situation, explaining that it was Konami that had kept Kojima from claiming the award on behalf of the development team.
“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that,” Keighly stated. “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.”
The crowd booed.
“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,” Keighley continued. “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. We hope to see you at The Game Awards 2016.”
With Kojijma’s past, and the fact that he has collaborated with Keighley before, notably when talking about The Phantom Pain before it was officially revealed as a Metal Gear game while dressed in bandages, there is a small chance this is some strange gag. However, given the thorny situation there is a more likely explanation; Konami are being dicks.
As Jim Sterling says, fuck Konami.