Nikkei: Konami’s Work Culture “Toxic”, Spent $80 million on Metal Gear Solid V

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It looks like many minute details of Hideo Kojima and Konami’s internal tussle is finally being outed to public. Nikkei has shared some information about how Konami spent $80 million on Metal Gear Solid V and they were extremely upset with Kojima for delaying the game.

The article also revealed that work conditions at Konami are horrific for the employees and they are being monitored 24/7. They also revealed that employees get controlled with cameras + punch clocks.

Some people translating the article on Twitter have also mentioned that “employees deemed useless have been known to do assemblyline work, security guard detail, cleanup at fitness clubs.”

“It doesn’t stop with emails. Lunchtime leave is regulated with time cards. Those who exceed allotted time are outed within company.”

We know for a fact that Hideo Kojima will leave after the game comes out and Konami has already revealed that they will keep working on the Metal Gear franchise without Kojima and have been hiring a team for it as well.

Let’s see how much money Metal Gear Solid 5 manages to make Konami, if it does over 10 million they have a chance of salvaging the company.

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  • axi0m

    Any corporation that treats their employees and creative talent like inmates are doomed. I wouldn’t buy MGS games not green-lighted by Kojima and then they canceled the only other promising (financially as well as successful) IP (Silent Hills) Save it to say there is no room for these operating procedures in today’s industry.