The very humbly and touching speech of Kojima upon receiving the Hall of Fame award. The standing ovation and the cheer of the crowd, those may be the highlight of the recently concluded 2016 D.I.C.E Awards, but think again, the Hideo Kojima – Konami drama is still going as both Kojima, one of the creators and the director of Metal Gear Solid franchise, and Konami, the game’s publisher, refuses to accept the award for Best Adventure Game won by Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Instead, presenters Jordan Mechner, creator of Prince of Persia; and Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer at 343 Industries accepted the award on behalf of Hideo Kojima and Konami.
The reason behind this was Kojima refuses to accept the award while Konami failed to send representative to the award’s night.
According to Polygon, “Konami was unable to send someone to the awards and Kojima-San preferred not to accept it. The Academy thought the solution of having the presenters accept on behalf of the title was best for all parties.”
Regardless on where the award will end up, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain deserves it, and I am just happy to see that Kojima already moved on from Konami at already starting his own studio.