Capcom adding 1,000 jobs by 2023

Resident Evil publisher hoping to bring total company headcount to 2,500 over next decade in an effort to bolster quality via making more games internally.

Capcom plans to add 1,000 jobs over the next decade. The Japanese publisher said during a recent question and answer session that the company's current total developer headcount stands at 1,500, with an aim for 2,500 by 2023.

Capcom is seeking out more developers in an effort to bolster the quality of its games through developing more titles in-house as opposed to via a third-party.

"The purpose of increasing our game developer team is to create a larger percentage of our games internally," the statement reads. "Therefore, we believe that there will be no significant change in total development expenditures mainly because we will be shifting outsourced operations to our own workforce."

The jobs will be created in Capcom's Home Video Content group, as well as its Mobile Contents and PC Online Game sectors.

Capcom's latest financial quarter ended September 30 saw profits rise a healthy 355 percent to $51.3 million on $570 million in net revenue.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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36 comments
franzito
franzito

As company they seem to be going well. But, as gaming creators, they've left a lot to be desired lately...

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

As long as we get a Dragon's Dogma sequel. That was my game of the year.

tightwad34
tightwad34

How in the hell do we even know if Capcom will still be around in 11 years? How in the hell do they know? I would never, ever seriously project anything for 11 years down the road. Jokingly, sure. Hell, I don't even know if I will still be alive then.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Capcom has lost it's way. They seem to be headed toward the elitism of EA.

clqtte
clqtte

Gamers will see RE 7,8,9 and 10

leimonides
leimonides

If that truly means quality in games and business practices; they gain respect back from customers....and that means Devil May Cry gets its soul back, well, it could be good news. While I am not a fan, maybe seeing some return, or respect for the roots of, Resident Evil, might be a good turn of events as well.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

Monster Hunter Frontier global would be a good title

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

hopefully with all those employees, they'll be able to fix RE

kevindm215
kevindm215

only adding jobs to their own company, does that not mean that roughly a 1000 people in other companies are gonna lose a lot of work if not there jobs. 

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

They better get to work on the next Megaman game if this is true...Do it now Capcom! *Cracks whip*

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I thought their plan was to reduce the staff and rush games faster?

XZeroKPS
XZeroKPS

I don't really care unless it's for Megaman Legends 3.

electro57
electro57

1000 new jobs still wont fix RE6.

pcty
pcty

I doubt that they will be able to attract any decent game developers. Look at how they treated Yoshinori Ono what kind developer would like to work for a company with a horrible reputation and that has no respect with their employees.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

A ten year forecast is pretty meaningless.

frozenux
frozenux

Oh you guys want to make more games internally now? I thought outsourcing and bastardizing your franchises was the way to go...

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

11 years to add 1000 jobs? What was the point of this announcement? Stock market manipulation!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So if you start Videogame school now. Then maybe you may be working at Capcom in 2023. You could be making Playstation 6 launch games.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

I guess if all goes accroding to plan, but really lets be honest:

 

What plan goes smooth in a span of 11 years?

toddx77
toddx77

Now that I think about it I got to give capcom some cred since they have a pc online sector it seems.  Make us PC gamers won't have to wait months to play their games.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

1100 over the next 11 years? Being a little optimistic of your future wouldn't you say Capcom at the rate you are going. 2023 is a long time for you.

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

They need more staff in order to create all the DLC they want to sell.

 

Those people will probably get laid off a few months after being hired, anyways.

Vickman178
Vickman178

All of there money grubbing DLC schemes have paid off and now they add more jobs with there extra money!

 

Hurraaay!!!!!!

toddx77
toddx77

You keep making games like Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil 6 and have on disc DLC quality isn't going to happen lol.

flameon12346
flameon12346

How you know we going to be alive by then hahahaha. Just saying. But really they must really want to do better in the future with their products and that just ok I guess.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

OMG its so many, but... I doubt, its Capcom they gonna screw themselves halfway(and I being kind) while trying to do something for the good of gaming world(AKA themselves only), and them they will ask "Why did this happens?" and I will answer "Its the price of Greed, Greedcom"

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @KingofCabal

 It's just Eddie Mackuch writing absolute nonsense. Just look at some of his other articles. 99% of them are garbage.

pcty
pcty

 @MarcJL31 Capcom is doing quite well, their profits jumped 355% on the last six months. They have no respect with their customers and their products are not being well received but financially they are doing very well.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

 @pcty Your second point is what I am referring to. I understand they are doing very well financially based on their new approach to generating revenue with the DLC/Multiple version scheme they are on. I am looking at the long term, over an 11 year period. In the end, people will only continue to pay out money for that approach for so long. The lack of respect for customer, and more importantly as you hit on the head, the lack of quality in their games is going to be the downfall of Capcom.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

 @pcty You are correct. I stand corrected on the sales figures for the 6 month period. I am looking to see how the full year over year fiscal report looks. And you really can not compare Hollywood''s ability to weather the decline in revenue to Capcom. Way to many variations and completely different in term of size, scale, and consumer base. I was more-so referring to you using a declining business model as an example of sustainability. Personally, I have my opinion and you have yours and this has moved completely off the original topic. Both make out points and only the future will tell.

 

All in all, I think this conversation has moved well pass my original comments focus (11 years is a long time for a gaming company that has declined in record of customer satisfaction (looking at the past as many notable companies who went down this path no cease to exist) and moreover into the business breakdown (which is more in-depth than I would like to continue into)

pcty
pcty

 @MarcJL31 No Capcom's profit is not increasing due to DLCs or Ultra editions it is increasing because of the numbers of games that they are selling they shipped 4.5 million units of RE6 which is a record for Capcom and Dragon's Dogma had high numbers too, so no, their sales are not decreasing.

Also Holywwod might be in decline but it has been in this state for years and it will probably saty for the next decades.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

 @pcty Ironic you use the example of Hollywood, which year over year has been actually declining in gross revenue across the entire industry.

 

But quality may be different from success but there is a very strong correlation. Especially in the game industry. Now quality may differ from person to person because of variation in person preference but in the end Capcom is not only losing in quality but actual game sales too. That increase you talked about, look at the factors for it. Actual game sales are declining but revenue increases due to the points I made earlier about their business practices. If the trend continues, that revenue will not  outweigh the declines in sales. Of course this isn't overnight and I even stated, over the 11 year period we have for this. Look at all those top companies from 11 years ago that are not doing so well or no longer exist.

 

Obviously just my view on it. Anyway, nice to have a discussion with someone rather that an argument not base on any logical thought.  :-)

pcty
pcty

 @MarcJL31 Interesting point but I completely disagree. Quality is very different from success in business, Holywood movies are the bets example that I can think of.