New report makes working at Konami sound like a nightmare

Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has published a damning report on the current situation facing employees at Konami. The article itself is behind a paywall and in Japanese but a number of different translations of the piece corroborate to reveal a grim working environment for current staff. We've got in touch with Konami who 'will not be commenting' on the matter.

Translated by freelance Japanese localiser Thomas James in this summary, the report reveals that a whopping $80 million was spent on the development of Metal Gear Solid 5 by April. It's unknown whether this was the initial reason for Kojima's name being removed from the MGS games and the dissolving of Kojima Productions but it is mentioned that a delay on the project may have led to the very public and still somewhat mysterious falling out.

More worrying however are the reports of the treatment of staff. As translated by Kotaku, staff members are monitored for their lunch breaks using time cards and if there is lateness then their names are announced across the whole company. Most surprisingly of all, Konami game developers who are deemed not useful are reassigned to security guard roles or as cleaning staff within fitness clubs run by the company. Dr Serkan Toto, CEO of a a Tokyo based consultancy, tweeted the below.

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On another occasion a member of staff announced a new job on Facebook and other members of staff who liked the post subsequently had their job roles rearranged. This is a damning reveal of life within the company if it proves to be true. It sounds like Kojima is better off out of there.

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Louise Blain

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.