Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was instructed he was not permitted to attend The Game Awards 2015 ceremony to accept any awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, host Geoff Keighley has revealed.
“As you noticed Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little bit about that,” explained Keighley. “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.”
Kojuma’s newest game Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain won a reward for best Action Adventure game, the reward was received by Snakes new voice actor Kiefer Sutherland
Needless to say, people in the industry were less than happy, or down right disgusted by Konami’s actions against Kojima
@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN congrats, we miss you my friend!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2015
@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN Are you ready for the show?
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 3, 2015
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) December 4, 2015