Earlier this month at the Game Awards host Geoff Keighley revealed that Hideo Kojima had been banned by Konami from collecting the award that his game, Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain, had won.
At the Game Awards 2015, MGSV won best Action/Adventure Game and actor Kiefer Sutherland came to the stage to accept the award on Kojima’s behalf. After this Keighley announced that Kojima had infact been informed by a lawyer representing Konami adviced Kojima not to attend.
Now, during a Reddit AMA, Keighley has revealed that this announcement was not rehearsed and those working on the show were unaware of his plans to make the announcement. On the AMA, he stated “It just broke my heart that he couldn’t be with us–something had to be said. I didn’t tell anyone on the show team what I was going to say and it wasn’t rehearsed.”
Before the show, Keighley was tweeted about Kojima, none of which implied that Kojima wouldn’t be there. About this Keighley said “I wanted him to know that we were thinking of him. I was trying to do all I could to make him feel connected to the show, even if he couldn’t be with us physically in LA. Heartbreaking situation.”
Keighley also claimed at the awards that Kojima would be watching, and this was indeed true. “Yes, he was watching it live in Tokyo with friends,” he said. “He tweeted a bit during the show.” Kojima even tweeted after the show “Thank you very much”.
I personally want to thank Keighley for the announcement he made, what he said needed to be said and in all honesty I’m glad he did. Regradless of what happened betwen Konami and Kojima (details of which we still do not know) Konami are very horribly towards Kojima. Not allowing Kojima to attend the ceremony where the last game he made at Konami is nominated for awards is actually disgraceful.
The clip from the Game Awards is available below.