The producer of The Game Awards 2016, Geoff Keighley, revealed that this year the organizers have decided to give the Industry Icon Award to the famous Japanese developer Hideo Kojima.
Through his Twitter account, Keighley shared the news and also confessed that for him, this was a priority. “One of the most important things I wanted to do this year was give Kojima the stage moment he was robbed of last year,” said the producer.
As readers may recall, in 2015, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won the award for Best Game for Action/Adventure; however, Kojima could not receive the recognition of his work because Konami’s lawyers prevented him from attending the event.
“Hideo Kojima is one of our industry’s most accomplished and innovative storytellers,” said Keighley. “When we started work on this year’s Game Awards, my first priority was to make sure we honor him properly in front of his peers and fans.”
Others who have received this honor in the past are Ken and Roberta Williams, the founders of Sierra Entertainment and Bretty Sperry and Louis Castle, the creators of Westwood Studios. Currently, Kojima runs a new studio and is in charge of a mysterious title called Death Stranding.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) 17 November 2016