Almost everyone was pissed to find out that Konami banned Hideo Kojima from attending The Game Awards 2015, but doing so has caused a number of developers to speak up against them and in favor of Kojima-san.
For instance, Yoichi Wada, the former head of Square Enix is not pleased with them at all.
Thanks to online translators we were able to get the exact meaning of the comments he made on Facebook, and from the looks of it Wada is clearly unhappy about the way Konami has been dealing with the whole situation as he said “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.”
Furthermore, he called their behavior towards Hideo Kojima “cruel treatment” and said it will be bad business for Konami:
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.
Not only that, Wada went on to blame the heads of Konami suggesting that this could only have happened due to lack of leadership, and since Konami does have extensively detailed management systems, his comments could only mean that they are not capable enough. This is where he talked about it:
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.
What do you make of all this? Do you think that Konami’s treatment of Hideo Kojima is going to have any more impact on their PR? Do let us know if you have something to add to this in the comments section below.