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Konami’s Treatment of Kojima “Cruel,” Says Former Square Enix Boss

Those following the saga of game publisher Konami vs. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima know that relations between the two have not been pleasant of late.

Not only have Kojima and his team been forced out of the company, despite the huge success of Metal Gear Solid V, but the company has denied Kojima’s departure, saying he is “on vacation,” and there were even reports Kojima was not allowed to attend the Game Awards.

Yoichi Wada, former head honcho at Square Enix and a friend of Kojima’s, has chimed in on the situation with a Facebook post roasting Konami not only for treating Kojima “cruelly,” but simply doing bad 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,” said Wada as translated by Kotaku.

He continued, “Generally, this kind of thing happens when there’s a lack of leadership.”

Wada resigned from Square Enix in 2013 and is the current president of Shinra Technologies.

Source: Kotaku via Jean Snow

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Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.