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Report: Kojima prevented from picking up award by Konami

Non-compete agreement means Sutherland was director's proxy

The ongoing saga of Hideo Kojima's extended divorce proceedings from Konami took another public turn last night as it was announced that the publisher had prevented him picking up an award for Metal Gear Solid V from The Game Awards last night.

Host Geoff Keighley openly called Konami out for not allowing the ex-employee to attend, and collect the prize, which Keifer Sutherland picked up in his stead. Sutherland, the new voice actor for MGS lead character Snake, was also accompanied by Dutch model and actress Stefanie Joosten - who plays Quiet in Metal Gear Solid V, who sang her character's theme song.

"As you noticed," said Keighley after the prixe was announced. "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. 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 team mates."

Kojima retweeted messages of support from Joosten and other games celebrities but didn't comment on his situation directly. Given the animosity which surrounded the auteur's departure from Konami, it's unlikely that the full story will ever be public knowledge, but it's not the only award which has been picked up by someone else in Kojima's stead. Last night, a Konami PR also picked up two awards for MGSV at the PlayStation Awards in Tokyo.

Konami has been contacted for clarification of the issue.

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Latest comments (8)

Alan Blighe Research Associate 3 years ago
They really embrace the "no such thing as bad publicity" concept at Konami.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
This is ridiculous...
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus3 years ago
What does Konami care? They're getting out of the video games industry as we know it. They don't care if they piss off Western gamers. They aren't playing pachinko.
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Brook Davidson Artist / 3D design 3 years ago
Ick ... What is up with them? I feel like through this entire process the company has been so damned immature. It constantly makes me wonder what on earth transpired over there to cause this XD.
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire3 years ago
terrible, well, i for one vow to never buy a konami product ever again!...
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Marianne Monaghan Senior Producer, Hangar 13 Games3 years ago
Not a surprise, but a big disappointment.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
I can understand him having to do what Konami instructs because of still being under contract but I'm not following the part about the non-compete agreement:
Non-compete agreement means Sutherland was director's proxy
If he was accepting an award for a Konami game he made then I don't see how that is breaking a non-compete clause, which, if I understand them correctly, means that you are not allowed to work for another company in the same field for a set amount of time, usually a year or more.
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Dermot Sweeney Founder, Producer, Game Developer & 3D Artist, Stormforce NW3 years ago
He's already legendary, so it makes little difference. Once the contract expires he'll be back with his own studio, team and fresh IP. Breaking new ground and collecting even more awards.
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