Contractual issues have seemingly prevented former Konami developer Hideo Kojima from attending tonight’s The Game Awards 2015 ceremony in San Francisco.
News first came to light when host Geoff Keighley revealing that Kojima had intended to come to the awards show, though Konami threw a spanner in the works purportedly citing contractual issues. Is it possible that the publisher scuppered plans for its former employee?
“As you noticed,” said Keighley. “Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that. 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 awards ceremony to accept any awards. [crowd boos] He’s still under an employment contract. And it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.”
Details are still thin on the ground, and we await an official statement from either Hideo Kojima and/or Konami. We’ll update the post if and when more info surfaces.