Thursday, June 15, 2017

Konami Buffoonery: The Legend Continues

When you thought Konami couldn't do anything worse, after ousting Hideo Kojima and steadily transforming the business to a mobile-only outlet, they had to go and pull another "dumb." According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, Konami Japan is apparently blacklisting former employees to ensure they no longer work in the industry.

Because...Konami is a dick? I really don't know why they would do that. Not only is it counter-productive to motivating the team that they should do better, but it also prevents new talent from considering your company for work. Knowing that Konami is going to blacklist you if you leave or if you're fired, then why bother working for them?

According to Nikkei, two months ago an unnamed Kojima Productions executive applied for Kojima to join ITS Kenpo. ITS is a health services company that focuses on those working in the video game industry. The application was denied as one of the board members is also on the board with Konami.

Former employees are also finding it hard to work just about anywhere if they try to use the "Konami name" anywhere on their resume. One person said “If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami's name to land a job." "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."

If any of this is true, that's got to be an ethics violation that could lead Konami down some very treacherous legal proceedings. And given how many gamers have turned away from the company after the Kojima incident, this is more reason for fans to leave the company behind entirely. I mean,  EA is not a great company to work for and tends to release a lot of half-ass products without much thought. But at least they don't blacklist former employees to prevent them from getting work anywhere so they could, ya know, SURVIVE. Konami is on dangerous ground right now and will have a difficult time regaining the faith of consumers.

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