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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Konami Los Angeles Studios Closed Was Stupid Waste of Money and Bravado

On the heels of the news of legendary game maker Kojima, creating his own studio and already having a deal with Sony for a PS4 exclusive we talk about the stupid waste of money that was Kojima Productions Los Angeles.

In environment over the years where so many game developers downsize after making a game and with so much massive restructuring for major game related companies like Sony and Xbox around the same time Konami decided to make the coolest looking game studio ever in the West.

Fall back to 2013, then laugh at the fact that the studio was around for only three years at what had to be millions dollars. It was big LA news for someone to take a Howard Hughes home -yeah, one of the richest SOB's on the planet in his time -and transform it into a modern and amazing game studio mostly for Kojima himself.

In what has to hurt in retrospective thought, here's a quote from Geek Nation attending the grand opening event,"President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.’s Tomoyuki Tsuboi added, “The Los Angeles studio emphasizes Konami and Kojima Productions commitment to expanding our development footprint. The new studio will put Kojima Productions in the heart of the West, which will benefit future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the development teams.”

Oooh, that has to hurt.

Well, that dream is now dead.

Just look through the pictures and you'll see one of the nicest looking game making facilities; I wonder what the THQ offices looked like when it went under. Hope we see LA Game Space looking as nice, ah just kidding they've taken our money and wasted it.

Wasted money is what the whole venture has been as now after so few years of service, the studio was terminated as of last month, of course being re-named Konami Los Angeles.

The reasoning for the company coming out West was mostly bravado, a big look at me moment for Konami. But, in genuine need, LA is a city to hire everyone for game services. You need developers, they're here or in San Fran. You don't need such a beautiful facility to make those games though, especially when most other companies are dying or went though massive restructuring.

To blow millions of dollars on a new studio campus on the whim of Kojima, ouch.

It goes back to what we write about often, the Japanese not understanding the American market, the petty nature of it's companies-anything Kojima related had to go, just common sense.

You don't build a new studio and lose it three years after it's done unless you really screw up.