Red Ant distributing Capcom games in AU, NZ

Aussie distributor Red Ant now responsible for selling Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 down under.

Australia is one of the smaller gaming markets globally, and as a result, it's not uncommon for delays of up to a year to occur for major games to make it to Aussie shores. It's also not unusual for publishers to outsource Australian distribution to third-party companies in regions where they lack a local office. In 2006, GameSpot reported that Activision had picked up the Capcom account for Australia and New Zealand, which made the company the exclusive distributor for all Capcom games in the region. Some of the games to fall under this agreement included Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Devil May Cry 4, and Okami.

GameSpot AU has confirmed that this deal is no longer in place, and as a result, Activision will no longer distribute Capcom games down under. Sydney-based distributor Red Ant has instead been granted exclusive rights to sell all Capcom games in Australia and New Zealand. Red Ant managing director Julian White confirmed that the transition had already been completed. "We finalised all the details a couple of weeks ago. It starts in June with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition on Xbox 360 and PC, as well as Okami and We Love Golf on Nintendo Wii," White said. To date, Red Ant's business has largely revolved around distributing games from smaller publishers such as System 3, Blackbean, and Popcorn Arcade, as well as selling midrange and budget software games.

A spokesperson for Activision Australia responded to our enquiries by saying that "We have not extended our distribution agreement with Capcom in AN&Z, effective 23/4/08."

It remains unknown how long Red Ant will retain rights to distribute Capcom games in Australia and New Zealand, and when asked about the duration of the agreement, White enthusiastically responded by saying "Hopefully forever!" Capcom was unavailable for comment at press time.

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17 comments
elozl
elozl

nice for them

johnblood
johnblood

I can't wait for it to come out on 360. SFIV looks amazing!!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

They could distribute their games here if they had a local office. They don't.

Darth_Homer
Darth_Homer

They also distribute games from Midway...and will be distributing Fallout 3, if their website is correct.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

That explains why Okami for the Wii isn't here yet, but it'd make no difference but hopefully Red Ant can distribute highly for those anticipate Capcom titles. I agree with jjr10, Can't Capcom distribute the games themselves since they have been big since like...Forever?

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

switching over to the people who package old games for $10... meh

Ossiel
Ossiel

very interesting....... no word

coold_steam
coold_steam

for me i dont see what that could effect me as long as im going to play the game in the end

jjr10
jjr10

You think Capcom could handle this themselves... But at least this means Okami's comming in June.

SystemoDown
SystemoDown

i dont care about them being owned by activision and now not. i just want my Resident Evil5 and it to be very good

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Stupid Activision, Okami should of already been released here.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Ok selling a game that is going to rock