Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (opens in new tab) won several awards tonight at The Game Awards, but series creator Hideo Kojima was apparently blocked from attending to receive them thanks to a business contract with Konami.
The situation between Kojima and his employer has been complicated, and though mounting (opens in new tab) evidence (opens in new tab) suggests (opens in new tab) that would be his former employer, it's not actually been outright confirmed where the two stand with regards to one another. Host Geoff Keighley called the situation "inconceivable" as the audience booed loudly over the news.
"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," Keighley said. "He’s still under an employment contract and it’s disappointing."
Whether he's with Konami any longer or not, Kojima's fate seems to be in their hands. For better or worse. We've reached out for comment and will let you know what, if anything, we hear back.
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