Well this is awkward. During The Game Awards last night the host, Geoff Keighley, explained that Hideo Kojima had planned to attend the ceremony to pick up an award for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but his attendance was scuppered by Konami’s lawyers.
As you noticed, 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 teammates.