Metal Gear mastermind, Hideo Kojima, was allegedly banned to receive his award in The Game Awards 2015. The ban is said to be the work of Konami.
Hideo Kojima is a game designer and the mastermind behind the Metal Gear series and some widely acclaimed games on Konami. Kojima left Konami last October according to an anonymous source. The stated that Kojima left with a non-complete exit clause on his contract that expires on December, preventing him to work on new games.
During The Game Awards 2015, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain received awards in which Keifer Sutherland (who played as Snake on the game) accepted one of them on his behalf. Host Geoff Keighley then announced that Konami apparently barred Kojima from attending, in which case the audience booed.
“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.” Said Keighly.
@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN congrats, we miss you my friend!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2015