REPORT: Does Konami Really Treat Employees Like Slaves? $80M Spent on The Phantom Pain

Apparently there is some really intriguing news regarding Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain and publisher Konami that you should know about. Firstly, it appears that the publishers have spent like $80 million on the game and secondly, there are some really serious questions being posed at the publisher regarding how they operate.

According to claims made by Nikkei (members only), by April 2015 the company had dumped down $80 million for the development of the title.

But there is way more than that! If everything is to be believed, there are some really big issues going on inside Konami.

For example, it has been reported that employees who the Konami higher ups are not happy with, or are deemed useless for a reason are treated so strictly that they are sent too do work like guard duty, assembly line work and even health and fitness club clean up.

You might think we are talking about lower grade employees but in fact there are game developers in there who for the lack of work sometimes been assigned to such duties!

Not just that, it has been reported that even in the normal course of running the offices, employees are kept with a figurative leash. Even basic necessities like lunch are regulated with time cards and if you take a while longer than you are allowed, you get outed within the company.

Another example of a poisonous culture being applied in Konami was when an employee announced on Facebook that he was leaving the company. As a result, the colleagues who liked his status on the social media platform were reprimanded by getting their positions changed around within the company.

What on earth is going on with them and what does this mean about the rift between them and Kojima about Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain?!