Konami’s Cruel Treatment of ‘Metal Gear’ Creator Hideo Kojima Continues

Hideo Kojima is one of a many shining diversion designers in a world. Known for his argent work on a Metal Gear series, that has won awards and a adore and indebtedness of large gamers, Kojima was ill-treated during Konami, where he worked for several decades until his outcast in late 2015.

It was suggested Friday that Konami continues to strive a vicious hold on a gifted developer by punishing him and other former employees. He is confronting serious repercussions from a association for his preference to leave them, including denying him compensate he is due and colluding to forestall his employees from removing health insurance.

Hideo Kojima

The diversion engineer left Konami underneath a hide of controversy. He was operative on a fear diversion called Silent Hills with executive Guillermo del Toro, and eminent manga creator Junji Ito. It starred Norman Reedus as a categorical character. A playable teaser for a game, patrician PT, met with widespread commend on a recover on PlayStation 4. The game’s remarkable termination in Apr 2015 stirred difficulty from a co-creator Del Toro, who publicly stated: “When we ask about how things operate, that creates no fucking clarity during all that that diversion is not happening. Makes no fucking clarity during all.”

Konami exercised their corporate flesh to anathema Kojima from attending The Game Awards in Dec 2015, where his strike title, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, won mixed awards. Kiefer Sutherland had to accept them on his behalf. The assembly booed Konami for treating him poorly, and a #FuckKonami hashtag was spawned on amicable media to lambast a company.

Days later, a Japanese diversion engineer announced that he would be starting a association staffed by many former Konami employees to work on a new game, that has given been suggested to be Death Stranding.

While attending a Tokyo Game Show in 2015 to speak about his new venture, fans asked Kojima if he had any purpose in a growth of Konami’s new zombie-themed Metal Gear, that was feeble received. He responded: “That has zero to do with me.” His remarks perceived a throng of delight from a audience, serve inflaming tensions between him and Konami.

Hideo Kojima has no adore mislaid for Konami, given how feeble they are purported to have treated him. Geoff Keighley, a Game Awards horde and crony of a diversion designer, described a severe resources underneath that he was forced to finish Metal Gear Solid 5, and charged that Konami attacked him of his award.

“He was sealed in a apart room on a opposite building than his growth group for 6 months of development,” said Keighley in a Glixel interview. “He couldn’t even speak to them—he had to speak by someone else. That’s how a diversion was finished.”

It has now come to light that his remarks were feeble taken by Konami. According to Nikkei, Konami considers a criticism a crack of their contract, and is stalling payments to him for his work on Metal Gear Solid 5.

Kimihiko Higashio, Director and General Manager of Human Resources during Konami

Konami’s charge opposite Hideo Kojima didn’t finish there. Nikkei suggested that Kojima Productions was denied health word from ITS Kenpo, that provides word for companies in a Japanese gaming industry. As a announcement notes, membership in a classification is essential for worker welfare. When a Kojima Productions executive inquired about a rejection, he was told that all applications were screened by a house authority before examination by a house itself. Kimihiko Higashio, a Konami director, is a authority during ITS Kenpo–a transparent dispute of interest. To date, Kojima Productions is still incompetent to join a organization.

Hideo Kojima isn’t a usually ex-staffer confronting difficulty following his depart from Konami. Nikkei writes that a association maintains a blacklist of former employees, or “ex-Kons,” that prevents them from operative in a party industry. A staffing group worker told a announcement that he notifies gaming companies if a impending sinecure is an ex-Kon, since Konami files complaints to them about their former employees.

Konami’s Pachinko machines

Ex-Kons told a announcement that Konami educated employers not to understanding with their former employees, and in one box even pressured a former Konami executive into shutting down his business. Former staffers are also not authorised to use their knowledge with Konami on their open resumes. If an ex-Kon is interviewed by a media, a association will even bluster a lawsuit, writes Nikkei. Working for Konami is a lifelong commitment, it would seem.

Working during a association is no reduction draconian. Employees are taboo from carrying corporate email addresses, and are instead given randomized addresses that are consummated within a few months. Lunch breaks are on a despotic time limit, and those who crack custom are publicly flustered by a organization. In various cases, gifted diversion designers, programmers and designers deemed to have underperformed during their jobs are reshuffled to degrading positions to work as janitors, bureau confidence or laborers in Konami’s pachinko factories.

It’s no warn that #FuckKonami continues to trend in a gaming community.

Ian Miles Cheong is a publisher and outspoken media critic. You can strech him by amicable media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.

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