Layoffs at Capcom

[UPDATE] Staff reorganization leads to unspecified layoffs; senior vice president Christian Svensson volunteers to leave; company issues statement on the cuts.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Capcom representative confirmed an organizational restructuring of the company resulted in "several" layoffs at the publisher's United States office.

"Capcom today laid off several employees from the US office as part of an overall organizational restructure of the company," Capcom said. "The transition to the new generation of hardware and changing industry landscape have required us to adapt our business to best meet our new goals."

"We sincerely thank each individual for their contributions and wish them well."

The original story is below.

Capcom today launched a staff reorganization resulting in layoffs affecting multiple employees, including senior vice president Christian Svensson, according to a statement from the eight-year company veteran on Google Plus.

Svensson volunteered to leave the company, though he did not say who else was affected or how extensive the cuts were.

"Sadly, I'm not the only one affected by the reorganization today," he said. "Over the next few days, I'll be gathering resumes from as many as I can and will be sending them out to my contacts around the industry to see if there's a 'love connection' to be made."

A Capcom representative was not immediately available to comment on the reported layoffs or if development on any projects is affected.

"I've had the opportunity to interface with the best fans any company could ever hope to have," Svensson added. "I know that I wasn't always able to deliver what they wanted, but I promise that I did my best to champion their needs and wants. So 'thank you' to the fans who made my job rewarding, challenging, and, if nothing else, interesting."

Svensson formerly held the position of vice president of entertainment publishing at Midway and was a games journalist before that. In his Facebook farewell post today he said he is proud of what his team accomplished but has been contemplating leaving for some time.

"While I wish the company the best of luck, Capcom is going in a different direction and the need for people at my level, relative to other areas, is lacking," he added. "Those who know me well, know that I've been ready to go for quite some time. We tried some things that worked. We tried others that didn't. We fought fights that were worth fighting and even won a few. I'm proud of what we accomplished."

Discussion

118 comments
evil13killer
evil13killer

resident evil 6 remember me  devil may cry  i think some one should pay for this failures

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

How about a full screen version of Dragons Dogma? For PC!

onixevil
onixevil

I want to slap all the 600 game designers who participate on making RE6 .

scanevaro
scanevaro

Go to hell Capcom, you killed Megaman Legends 3

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

good, they should be punished for making crap, and double dips rather than the what the fans actually want, (survival horror RE and Mega Man)

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

"Layoffs at Capcom" the headline reads. Mind easing us into it next time, Makuch?

berserker66666
berserker66666

Probably because Dead Rising 3 sucks? and it's not even out yet. If not then it's for RE6.

Lil_Burrit0
Lil_Burrit0

Just give me Resident Evil 7 that plays like RE5, but feels like RE2/3 and I'll be happy as hell, make it happen Capcom.

trivolution
trivolution

Dragon's Dogma and Dead Rising series are the only things I enjoyed from Capcom recently.

LalchandTudu
LalchandTudu

How much more greedy do you want to be CAPCOM??? 
hooww much???

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

this is the result when capcom START Making exclusives for a console that have low sales figure. keep making exclusives for Nintendo you deserve this and now keep making dead rising for xbox , you will further shut down your north american unit. i prefer all the games to be multi platform. resident evil series sold so much because previously it was on psx and pc then later in ps2 days it was on ps2, pc and game-cube. CAPCOM SUCKSS for making exclusives then obviously the sales will drop. nut head

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

still feel cocky Capcom? still feel like you can spit in the fans of your fanbase? Tell the executive board to let the talent run the show... and let them create... 

Ayzed
Ayzed

Meh fuck Capcom, Dragons Dogma is their only decent game anymore... make a sequel or die out.

electro57
electro57

Next time Capcom, make a Monster Hunter game for other consoles instead of just Nintendo.  

Ceclor
Ceclor

Whenever a corporation lays people off, I always have to wonder if there was something else the company could have done to cut costs.  Like reduce a CEO's pay.  Employee pay is not always the biggest expense.  Employees are just easier to get rid of.  Sad, isn't it?

servb0ts
servb0ts

Mega-Man speaking: "All your Asses are Fired!!!" Get Lost

hadlee73
hadlee73

Finally getting rid of the last of the pro-Megaman empoyees :P

X-RS
X-RS

They fire their main face for the americas if not english speaking demographic?

*facepalm*

onixevil
onixevil

Your business really going deep down from the healthy market . 

02050muh
02050muh

first it was street fighter 4, then DLC mayhem, RE6 crap, xboxone exclusive, no megaman, no onimusha, no dino crisis, now firing a bunch of people. i wonder what HELL are they going through there in capcom. bit by bit trying to be an ASSHOLE !!

onixevil
onixevil

No Megaman no Onimusha no nothing .Just suffering .

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Wasn't Sven the guy who refused to localize Sengoku Basara Utage? If so, then fuck that guy. 

jurk182
jurk182

Sven is the man. He was the man back when he ran Next Generation Online and continues to be the fucking man. I hope he lands on his feet; I am sure that he will. 

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

This company just makes too many senseless mistakes. Giving some of their beloved franchises to other companies that just alienates that franchises fanbase, not pushing out the franchises people yearn for, and putting questionable DLC practices into their games.

Capcom needs to step their game up. Hard.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

Remember me =  flop, resident evil 6 = flop, DmC = flop, on-disc dlc = flop...Their only redemption for the past year was dragon's dogma.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@onixevilHow much Resi 6 did you play? Demo I'm guessing..

You get a perk to seriously nerf those annoying quicktime events early on if you purchase it.

Seriously! It's an ok game when you get around the tedious chase scenes. 

Not to mention yet the game is likely the largest Resident Evil game ever made. Off course it has its flaws, but they're few when looked at the big picture.

kohle36
kohle36

@singhellotaku Except that noone involved in those decisions is losing their jobs. Christian Svensson (who has been ready to leave for years) and the US division have been some of the most vocal internal Capcom critics, and some of the only people who still engage with fans on any level. Go on some of the unity forums, par for the course is: "We know guys, we know, and we don't get it either. But our hands are tied"

This is just the idiot Capcom suits that sank them into this mess cleaning house of any / all vocal criticism from within. The only plus here is that many of these people may land in new positions where they can actually do some good. But Capcom itself is pretty much on life support. All I can hope is that they die quickly and have to sell their IPs to competent publishers (not that there's a glut of those, but still)

komuchen
komuchen

@Lil_Burrit0 Your wish is partially granted... it's called Revelations and it's not bad

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@LalchandTudu a little out of place here dont you think?  never mind with a comment like that thinking is the farthest thing from your mind.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

@Ayzed There's always Monster Hunter but I'm not to into the idea of playing it on 3DS anyway.

vgsak2005
vgsak2005

@Ayzed That's really cynical. I still love Capcom, they go way back in the earlier years of the industry. The Deep Down demo they did for the PS4 even looks pretty rad to me and I'm looking forward to seeing more of that. Beyond that I'm sure they are working on Resident Evil 7 on next gen consoles and hopefully they have learned a few lessons from RE6. Generational changes are always tough. The fact that they are trying to build new IP's is promising to me. Other publishers just fall back on their ancient stuff and never break out of the rut.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@Ceclor It is but that's how these big corps work; Especialy in this kind of industry, when you finish a game they may or may not have a use for you. It's the industry they choose to work in though, they knew what they were in for.

Fastphase1
Fastphase1

@X-RS He left by his own accord. Keiji Inafune did the same thing.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@Strider8009 yea i do,, same thing happened with ubisoft making exclusives like rayman for nintendo and eventually they made rayman multi platform. I will not say it is the only reason but it plays big role in sales and sales make company boom. frankly i say fewer exlusives are ok upto halo and gears of war uncharted and kilzone and mario series of games and zelda. but making so many exclusives on any console is a risk specially on console which has low sales figure.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@kkxtrouble @Ceclor these things happen... it seems easy from the outside to judge whats going on beyond your periphery but if you cant see you cant know.

G4m3r0uTL4wZ
G4m3r0uTL4wZ

@Strider8009 @Pilgrim117 ?? For someone like me who had never played the original Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen is a masterpiece and the best deal Ive got for a game so far in 2013. 

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@UrbanMessiah like i said its part of the failure, half assed game like tekken vs street fighter yes i agree to it 


Strider8009 you have problem with maths i guess, making a exclusive to one console decreases sales figure, as it is only available to some fans of the franchise and not all the fans. where as releasing a game to all consoles gives a high probability of sales since more gamer will buy and plus the fan satisfaction increases which in turn makes recovery even after piracy. Capcom doesnt spend  and loose in advertising as much as EA, UbiSoft, or square enix. Secondly Exclusive only helps consoles sales to increase at the cost of game developer since not everyone is filthy rich to afford another console just to play an exclusive game to different console. 

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

@rIVAL_sWORD84 @Strider8009 

Really? Making console exclusives is the only or even main reason you can think of that might be hurting them financially? You don't think more likely culprits might be being caught with on disc DLC or continuously releasing half assed/bare boned games and then releasing the complete version later on? Really?!?!?