Metal Gear creator a no show at The Game Awards


Once more, Hideo Kojima was wronged.

After employer Konami put the kibosh on his Silent Hills collaboration with Guillermo del Toro and belatedly erased his name from the box credits of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the publisher invoked contractual restrictions to prevent him from accepting an award.

At least, that’s according to Geoff Keighley, the host and producer of The Game Awards.  At this year’s ceremony, Kojami was barred from accepting an award for The Phantom Pain, the eleventh installment in the Metal Gear series he created for Konami. Instead, actor Kiefer Sutherland accepted the award on his behalf.

Geoff Keighley took a moment to express his disappointment over Kojima not being allowed to celebrate a well-deserved moment with his collaborators on The Phantom Pain. Keighley revealed that Konami barred Kojima’s attendance from the show. This unjust act earned many boos of anger amongst the audience.

Although the LA-based production studio which Kojima led was dissolved earlier this year, the game designer remains under contractual obligations with Konami, including a strict non-compete clause that expires later this month.