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Konami's Treatment of Kojima Is Bad Business, Says Former Square Enix Exec

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Yoichi Wada, who used to run Square Enix, has chimed in, giving his opinion on how Konami has allegedly been behaving towards Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima.

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What are the latest developments in this seemingly endless saga? As Kotaku recently reported, a Konami PR person picked up a Metal Gear Solid V award in Tokyo last week instead of Kojima. Also, according to Geoff Keighley, the Metal Gear creator wasn’t allowed to attend this year’s Game Awards. Throughout 2015, there have been reports of how Konami has allegedly been treating the famed game creator and his staff.

“As I know Mr. Kojima, I want to say, ‘I can’t believe this cruel treatment!’ But, here I’m going to give my thoughts as a corporate exec,” Wada wrote on Facebook.

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Continuing, he added, “However you think about this, this is a negative for business.”

“Maybe leaving the home console market is management’s plan, but going out of your way to make enemies with the world has no meaning.”

“Generally, this kind of thing happens when there’s a lack of leadership. I think, perhaps, there isn’t someone in charge who is paying attention and laying out all the little details for whole enterprise.” Wada added that its seems like the problem is a lack of direction.

Wada explained that the buck gets passed to administrators below, who might handle issues with little interest. “When you are not aware that the feelings of your own department aren’t aligned with the world at large, the results can be deplorable.”

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While it’s debatable whether Wada did a competent job running Square Enix, it’s interesting to hear his opinion on the Kojima situation.

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DISCUSSION

I have a feeling Konami’s been silent about the whole thing because they are waiting for the very moment the contract with Kojima expires to avoid being sued. I feel the moment the contract is over, they’re absolutely going to spill the beans as to why all this happened, and make Kojima look like an unlikable shit.

Konami has been very patient in dealing with all the backlash and hate, so just prepare for a verbal shitstorm.

There are two sides to every story, and Konami hasn’t told theirs yet. They will. I said it time and time again, people need to learn to play Devil’s Advocate. There are hidden truths in every story told. Demonizing Konami who hasn’t even given a proper response yet is just close-minded.