Apparently Konami will bear a serious grudge if you quit the company.
The Japanese video game giant behind classics like Dance Dance Revolution and the Metal Gear franchise is in the news right now for apparently punishing employees within the industry for leaving the firm.
Konami’s pretty influential, so being on its sh*tlist is pretty bad if you’re trying to develop a career in video games.
Ex-Konami staffers told the Nikkei Asian Review: “If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami’s name to find a job.”
The report goes on to say that Konami even goes so far as to file complaints with other gaming companies, if they hire former staff.
But most of all, even famed game designer Hideo Kojima, who created the Metal Gear series, was spared from Konami’s vendetta.
After Kojima’s 30-year relationship with Konami ended in a reportedly bitter breakup, his former employee went to various lengths to discredit him, including blocking him from accepting an award at The Game Awards 2015.
The Nikkei Asian Review report has got industry watchers cracking the best jokes:
No wonder why people are leaving Konami (up, up, down, down, left, right) left and right.
— Blick Winkel@AX (@blockwonkel) June 16, 2017
You know what they call this policy.
The… Konami Code
— ! (@WafflesGHarding) June 16, 2017
Mashable has reached out to Konami for comment, and will update if we hear back.