Kojima Vs Konami moment during The Game Awards 2015
This year The Game Awards clearly grew into its own and, as an award show, it was spot on. However the most surprising and stand out moment wasn’t a left winner in certain category or a trailer for one of the great games set for release in 2016. It even wasn’t the speech by Reggie Fils Aime in celebration of Mister Satoru Iwata’s professional accomplishments that stood out.
It was after when Keifer Sutherland accepted a Game Award on behalf of Hideo Kojima and all the people who worked on MGS5 The Phantom Pain that host and creator of The Game Wards Geoff Keighley took a moment to explain why Kojima wasn’t at the one giving the acceptance speech.
There already was some speculation on the “why” when Kojima wasn’t present during the PlayStation Awards 2015 (an award show from PlayStation for the Asia region) and the game was accepted by “a Konami PR person”. Most chalked this up to fact that both award shows would take place on different continents with very little time in between making it difficult to be at both.
We have now learned the true nature of Kojima’s absence:
Apparently it was Kojima’s full intention to be at the Game Awards but a lawyer contacted Kojima on Konami’s behalf basically barring the game’s front man from accepting a Game Award during the game industry’s biggest award show.
Is this Konami sticking to their guns and reminding Kojima to honor what’s in his contract or is their more going on? If all of what has transpired between Konami and Kojima was just a PR scheme of some kind it surely would be an elaborate ploy and a pretty risky one. I am not even sure it would make sense but I’ll gladly wear the tinfoil hat and believe we are being bamboozled, because the alternative is the assholery of barring a creator from accepting an award from his work.