It seems like the saga between Hideo Kojima and his former company, Konami, ain’t over just yet. In what seems to be the latest episode of tensions between Kojima’s new company, Kojima Productions and pachinko company, Konami, the latter has reportedly blacklisted former employees across the Japanese gaming industry… particularly the ones now working for Kojima.
Reportedly, former Konami employees can’t list the company as previous working experience. There’s even a threat that if a former employee gets interviewed by the media, Konami might even take them to court. And then there’s the incident regarding an unnamed Kojima Productions executive who got his healthcare denied by a company which has ties to Konami. It seems that he applied for Kojima to join ITS Kenpo, a health insurance company that focuses on the gaming industry. That application was denied, apparently because the chair of that company’s board, Kimihiko Higashio, is also a board member at Konami.
Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reported on the incident regarding the Ex-Konami employee, or Ex-Kon as they called it. They also reported other incidences where the company gave their employees a hard time:
One ex-Kon described his surprise at learning that Konami had instructed an employee at a television company not to deal with its former employees. In another case, a former Konami executive was forced to close his business due to pressure from the gaming giant.
Ex-Kons are not allowed to put their Konami experience on their public resumes. “If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami’s name to land a job,” explained a former employee. If an ex-Kon is interviewed by the media, the company will send that person a letter through a legal representative, in some cases indicating that Konami is willing to take them to court.
So far, Konami has yet to comment on these allegations.
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Source: Ars Technica