One of the titles that happened to be up for multiple awards at The Game Awards 2015 was Konami’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Even though the game did take home a couple of awards, creator Hideo Kojima wasn’t in attendance to accept them.
Instead, it was actor Keifer Sutherland taking the stage to accept on the behalf of the creator.
After the acceptance, host Geoff Keighly took the stage to throw shade at Konami, and reveal that the company blocked Kojima from attending the show.
“As you noticed Hideo Kojima is not here tonight,” Keighley said. “Mr. Kojima had every intention of being here, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under employment and contract and it’s disappointing. It’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo Kojima would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.”
Keighley, who created and runs The Game Awards, calling out Konami for what the company did was the best part of the award show. For a legend of the industry — a man who single-handedly kept a company afloat — to be treated like this is a disgrace to all of the gaming community.
Campus Sports has reached out to Konami for comment on the matter, and will update should a response be had.