Yoichi Wada (former president of Square Enix) comments on Konami’s treatment of Kojima

Yoichi Wada, former president and representative director of Square Enix, commented on the Kojima – Konami situation (and specifically Kojima’s absence from the Game Awards) on Facebook (translated by Kotaku). He doesn’t see how Konami could benefit from handling business like this.

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. 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.

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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Yoichi Wada and Hideo Kojima during a meeting in 2013

During last week’s Game Awards host and producer Geoff Keighley made it clear that Kojima was prohibited from attending the show by one of Konami’s lawyers. Obviously this hasn’t been too good for the company’s reputation, and it’s hard to imagine what they think to gain from all this. Kojima’s still under contract, but maybe we will hear more when that officially ends.

Source: Yoichi Wada Facebook, Kotaku

  • This is a cool photo. There is Julien Merceron. He is a technical director for MGSV. He left Konami not too long ago. I hope that he can join Kojima in the future. He should join the team because he understands everything about the tech and the difference between Western and Japanese thinking about technology.

    • Gatsu

      That was amazing, thanks for sharing :). I hope he find some good place after Konami departure.

      • Yeah man. I know a lot of stuff about the tech and development behind MGSV:TPP.
        Thanks to the internet and ofc MGI.

        There are a lot of things behind it’s development that is amazing and groundbreaking for the industry, especially for Japan.

        I want to say that ideas behind MGSV for the sandbox is the future of gaming.

    • Full Options

      Good news that he left this year like Hideo..

    • Full Options

      Julien, si tu bosses plus avec lui plus tard, là, je comprends plus rien à l’équilibrage du traitement sur les unités disponibles. A part une clause légale de mes fesses… Mais je suis sur que tu t’es cassé parce qu’ils l’ont vidé comme une merde.

    • glitchbomb

      I want that shirt!
      I have never seen a shirt with all the mgs4 PM logos.

  • Timmy Hortons

    Im assuming that since his contract is supposedly ending this month, by first quarter 2016 we’ll have a little more closure on the situation from Kojima and hear about his upcoming future projects. Can’t wait for when that happens!

    • To be honest… I don’t think so that Kojima will tell something about the “situation”. I think there will be some NDA’s about the company for some years after he will officially leave Konami.

      And I’m not sure that ppl should know more about this… I mean, there are too much negativity surrouding Konami right now.

      Kojima, I’m sure, does not give a shit anymore. “He is on vacation” and his fans support him. We should support him more then ask about the situation.

      I want Kojima to have a great publisher, the best studio, best technology and tools to work with and his next project under a new ip. That is the most important part.

      But I’m not sure that we will hear something about his project until the end of 2016.

      • Full Options

        Ya, he is totally gagged, a simple jail would look like paradise, it seems.

      • Thiago Leal

        I was going to say the same thing about NDAs. I remember reading about the guy who made Dead Space, how he left EA, and the interviews some time after that are filled with very generic “yeah, we had different opinions” and things like that. Then, much time later (probably when his NDA ended) he came to say how he was treated like shit (his words, by the way) and several things that he had to deal with inside. i think it will take many years to get something concrete about this (excluding rumors and anonymous sources).

        • glitchbomb

          That’s exactly what I was thinking. I don’t think we will get the full story for a while, if ever.

    • Full Options

      The best hopefully has to come. I hope Hideo is not bound to some other / further legal obligation.
      Seeing what they are capable of, I am really scared.

    • Full Options

      Thay have to back up people that really built their industry, and a bit faster since the last developments.

  • Ardens Anima

    The fact that even notable figures in the industry are calling Konami out just says how deep in it they are.

    • Full Options

      I expected a little more notable figures to stand up though, and FASTER (it is never late). But most of them have lawyers at their doors…

  • Gatsu

    Konami is so evil. Hang in there Kojima-san ;O !…

    • Full Options

      I can’t do / believe it. We still hardly tried to find a way to love Konami and they simply hated us, like “full-stopish”… Duh !

      • Can’t wait to see what they fuck up next

        • Full Options

          Well, we are kind of full of shit right now but they look really inspired to shoot several bazooka rounds in their balls and far more, so… xD

          • Konami: FEED US! MORE HATE! FEED US!

    • Janeo

      I have always tried to defend konami because we just can’t be sure what has been happening, they are a business and they have always been handling this situation a little too publicly but I always tried to believe they didn’t deserve all this hate they were getting because without them we wouldn’t have metal gear solid 5, they are the ones that fund it and make it possible. Don’t know what happened behind the scenes but I really can’t and don’t want to defend konami anymore, konami wouldn’t be what it is without Kojima so even if it something happened with him he still deserves respect, he deserves to go and celebrate the success of his game. I would never get angry and say f konami but I will no longer defend them when people talk about them like that, they just kept going further and further down and now it’s just at a point where it doesn’t make sense because this banning kojima thing seems more personal than business and a business should never do anything for personal reasons.

  • biggy cross

    When I started finally seeing people defend Kojima. Relief started flowing to my veins. Still is. Glad people are expressing themselves about it. What a joke this situation is. They should hand him over the rights of mgs.
    When they said mgs can continue without Kojima I got wayyyy pissed. What a thing to say. Kojima always gives the games the awesome weirdness that makes them mgs. Very realistic but also out of this world enemies (cobra unit) that make me go wtf I’m scared. When I first fought the skulls. I was realllllllyyy scared. Was screaming at the television. Finally a game that made me feel scared and tense and involved again after years of disappointments in videogames. Thank You Kojima

    • Full Options

      I am still waiting to see them react. You got wayyy pissed ?? The Konacrap guy was mentioning Rising (I love Rising) whereas maintaining “we can do MG without Hideo” ??? Who created Raiden, to start with ? Are they so out of their fucking minds ??…

      • biggy cross

        Who did Metal Gear 1? I agree they’re just blasphemous folkers. It’s disgusting

        • Full Options

          Agreed, absolutely no respect for the creator of Metal Gear, which was a totally true revolution itself in gaming concepts.
          The first stealth game ever created.
          There was not a single game title to compete, all others were looking like Pac-Man or Space Invaders.
          It was the first time we had to “hide” a sprite from another one. Marvelous…

  • Full Options

    This picture is historical and very very re-insuring… THyX

  • Kol Leqejza

    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.

    is CIPHER in MGS V just a code for it’s realworld counter part KONAMI?

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    Offtopic, but has anyone else experienced their browser slowing down whenever opening an article here on the site? My PC hangs up for a second and the browser briefly gives a Not Responding Error. I’ve only seen this issue on MGI.

    • What browser do you use?

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        Google Chrome 64-bit.

        • Hm, no problems with Chrome over here. WordPress has just been updated, maybe that helps.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            I don’t know what it could be. It’s just a minor annoyance, anyway.

          • Full Options

            I got few issues to load the disqus-comments part of MGI yesterday. The MGI side of the site was fine. It something like the second time in 2 weeks. Not really annoying.
            Can you load the article at all or is it just the comment section ? For me, the temporary error was talking about a wrong certificate(was on my smartphone / Android). I don’t know if it is related.

          • Disqus has some problems sometimes. They usually go away pretty quickly.

          • Full Options

            Yeah it is quite rare and never last more than 20 mn or so (at least for me).
            Very nice / efficient discussion standard BTW.

          • Yes, other than those issues Disqus is great!

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            It just slows down when I open an article, that’s all. It seems to be gone now, though.

  • FMercenary

    Well, Wada you know? ;D

  • Venom_Sina

    It always comes to my mind after reading something about this situation.Kojima,Jan.2016 in an interview with Geoff Keighley:
    Geoff:Mr.Kojima,can you tell us what the hell happened back in March 2015?
    Kojima:Let it go.I’m not here to fight.
    Geoff:Just a little,please?
    Kojima:Fine.It all began with a bunch of old fools.That game Konami released in 2015 on the market,wasn’t mine.That was the work…of a clone…………1 becomes 2,2 becomes 10,10 becomes 100.We (KJP) understood that we created a beast (Konami).Now it’s my responsibility to send Konami,back to nothing.

  • FoxTamerMGO

    Kojima has gained influence within Konami, so konami’s CEO felt threatened that kojima might take his place one time.. so he screws him over before that happens. Just like when the CIA head in MGS portable ops screws over Fox Unit because they’re gaining influence within U.S intelligence units and might take over CIA.

  • Full Options

    Ok it is NGBO’s reddit but they speak about a rumor coming from an insider at Konami and saying that Hideo should be free the 10th of December. They added that it is still a rumor but their source is considered pretty legit and also said that Hideo’s future plans will be revealed before the end of the year.

    I hope all this is verified / true ! 😀

    https://www.reddit.com/r/NeverBeGameOver/comments/3w3kww/according_to_an_insider_kojima_will_be_free/

  • XIFF-5

    Just got the BD cut scene! <3

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Holy shiet, you demon! 🙂 Happy Birthday bro!!

    • Venom_Sina

      Happy Birthday.You’re already a demon,lol.

      • glitchbomb

        Hahahaa!

    • Gatsu

      Grats :D.

    • Full Options

      Happy Birthday XIFF !

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