Konami took itself off the NYSE last Friday after they realized there was a very low volume of stocks being traded on the American market. Konami is maintaining its stocks in the Tokyo and London markets, but it seems the good ol’ U.S. of A. isn’t having it anymore. As a long time lover of Konami games, I found the news of Hideo Kojima leaving Konami quite disheartening. This might have something to do with why they decided to delist themselves from the American market. Internal restructuring of a company often results in takinig the company off the market for a time, So this doesn’t mean Konami is out of the game, but after loosing Kojima and cancelling Silent Hills, Konami has it’s work cut out for them. Konami’s financial report shows a 4.2% gain in its slot machine division and almost 100% gain in its Pachinko division, which might make it look like Konami would rather not make video games anymore. Given the growth of their gambling department compared the gaming section, the flaky nature of Konami’s relationship with Kojima, and Konami’s corporate restructuring, it might be a while before we hear about another title from konami.
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