Sunday 23 October 2016

Konami blocked Kojima from attending The Games Awards - And fans weren't happy!

Emma Clark

Published 04/12/2015 | 09:38

The Games Awards
The Games Awards

The Games Awards took place last night, but Hideo Kojima was not there because he was barred from attending by lawyers representing Konami.

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The Games Awards took place last night to honour the year's best games and creators, but Hideo Kojima - the creator of Metal Gear Solid - was not in attendance.

He was invited, but a lawyer representing Konami told the organisers that "he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards," according to host Geoff Keighley.

Konami was then booed by the crowd. "He’s 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 team-mates," Keighley added.

"But that’s the situation we’re in. Hideo is in Tokyo right now watching the show, and we wanted you to know Hideo that we’re thinking of you and we miss you. We hope to see you at The Game Awards 2016."

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won Best Action Adventure on the night, and it was up to Kiefer Sutherland, who voiced Solid Snake, to accept the award on Kojima's behalf. You can see the whole incident and Keighley's surprise for Kojima, who was hopefully watching the show, in the video below.

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