Former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada takes to Facebook to decry Konami’s recent controversies, calling Kojima’s treatment by the company “cruel” and “bad for business.”
At one time, Japanese developer Konami was best known for introducing series such as Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill to the world. These days, the company tends to only pop up in the news when its bridge-burning habits are being discussed. When Konami wasn’t busy canceling the highly anticipated Silent Hills or announcing their move away from Triple-A game development, they were dealing with the fallout of firing Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima.
The firing of the beloved gaming personality flabbergasted fans, and Konami has been mired in controversy ever since. While Kojima has remained mum on the situation, Konami has offer conflicting answers, telling reporters that Kojima was simply taking an extended vacation while simultaneously blocking the developer from appearing at the Game Awards.
But Konami’s Kojima kerfuffle hasn’t gone unnoticed within the Japanese gaming industry. According to former Square Enix C.E.O. Yoichi Wada, Konami’s treatment of Kojima isn’t just a bad idea; it’s bad business.
The former Square Enix head and current Shinra Technologies president took to Facebook to voice his feelings on the matter. In the post, translated by Kotaku, Wada began by stating his personal opinion before reaffirming that the post was his approach to the issue as an exec, stating:
“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.”
Wada would go on to state that the handling of Kojima’s firing is “negative for business,” stating that the decision to leave the console market is just a decision from management, but “going out of your way to make enemies with the world has no meaning.” Wada attributed the poor approach to the whole situation on a “lack of leadership,” writing:
“I think, perhaps, there isn’t someone in charge who is paying attention and laying out all the little details for the whole enterprise.”
With Kojima already detailing plans to bring beloved series such as Contra to mobile platforms, analysts are left wondering if the Japanese company can escape from hole they have dug themselves. But with the closure of Kojima Productions official and big names such as Guillermo del Toro speaking publicly on how the cancelation of Silent Hills “makes no sense,” it remains to be seen if Konami can win fans back or if these bad business decision will prove to be the nail in the coffin.