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Capcom Europe: over half of staff facing redundancy amid restructuring efforts – report

Thursday, 3rd October 2013 11:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Capcom Europe could trim over 50% of its workforce as the company undergoes restructuring efforts, reports suggest.

In today’s print edition of MCV, the report states that Capcom Europe, “is undergoing a major restructure following a difficult year.” It adds, “[MCV] understands more than half of the European arm faces redundancy, with a number of jobs set to merge”.

A Capcom rep told the site in a statement, “Following a restructure at its US operation, Capcom’s European organisation is currently evaluating its structure to ensure it is in the best position to take advantage of the changing market conditions the industry is facing.”

It comes as Capcom’s recent financials confirmed that several key releases had failed to hit their sales targets, such as DmC: Devil May Cry and book-ended by a weak Lost Planet 3 launch.

We’ll have more on this issue as it develops.

Via Videogamer.

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7 Comments

  1. VibraniumSpork

    Obligatory: http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/THEY_5c50a8_2587884.gif

    #1 12 months ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    “to take advantage of the changing market conditions the industry is facing.”
    It’s difficult to have a lot of sympathy for this (what the sentence tends to mean), when for the longest time LP3 was a thing the majority of people showed no interest in. I don’t know of anyone that was looking forward to that. There were plenty of people being plenty vocal about it (with scarce few voices in opposition.)

    “Software sales totalled 14 million units for the year, and only three of Capcom’s releases achieved over 1 million in sales. Controversial release DmC: Devil May Cry saw sales of 1.15 million worldwide against an expected 2 million units, while Resident Evil 6 sold 4.9 million units, falling short of a targeted 7 million units. DRAGON’S DOGMA PROVED A SURPRISE HIT ON CONSOLES WITH 1.3 million… ” http://www.vg247.com/2013/09/10/capcom-2013-financials-see-940m-in-revenue-several-console-titles-fall-below-sales-target/

    Which part of that leads to any surprise at the fate of Lost Planet: Disowned? DD wa considered a hit, with 1.3 million units. What does that tell us about Capcom’s release and development strategy? I’d say it suggests that they have little grasp on what the market wants. Japan’s driving their ship towards an iceberg.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. SameeR_Fisher

    This is crazy but I fear for Capcom’s future, I hope they don’t end up being the next THQ next year.

    Seriously Capcom is going through rough times, Resident Evil is losing its charm, Devil May Cry is kinda lost, and there aren’t that many new releases.

    At the top of my head I can only think Deep Down & Dead Rising 3 for Next Gen, Come on Capcom, Next Gen is the perfect time to relaunch Dino Crisis, and what about a new Onimusha or something ?!, no ?!, then how about an HD Collection ?!, cause if I recall DMC HD Collection was quite a success, Capcom isn’t even considering the next Street Fighter yet.

    Things is a mess up with Capcom.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. YoungZer0

    I really hope they turn this thing around, the talk about RE7 they had, where they mentioned that they looked closely at games like the new Tomb Raider gives me hope that the franchise might turn around. They really need a success here.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. redwood

    PR 101 : make sure you use the word “advantage” and “leverage” as soon as you use the word “redundant”and “layoffs”.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. DSB

    Half of the staff is hardly a restructuring, it’s throwing people overboard.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Unknown_Gamer

    Look at this ugly looking b!tch on the main picture , I can’t believe they replace the badass old Dante with this ugly looking one
    I mean , Ughhhhhhh WHY :\

    Does Capcom support the Illuminati with this move ?

    #7 12 months ago

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