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Capcom laying off half of European staff, report says

Capcom's European offices will lose more than half their employees as part of the company's worldwide restructuring, MCV reports. The trade magazine said many of the positions are set to merge as Capcom focuses on cutting costs.

A Capcom representative did not confirm the layoffs themselves, but did say the same considerations which led to staff reductions across its U.S. operations were taking effect in Europe.

“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," the representative told MCV.

The publisher's operating margin took a 4.2 percent dive in 2013, according to its fiscal year 2013 report, thanks largely to major titles failing to hit sales targets.

5 comments

  • Tidus0203 - October 3, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    I have faith they will bring their numbers back up. they are my favorite company and more so the naught their games give me the most enjoyment out of my systems.
  • Swedish_Chef - October 3, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    If anyone at Capcom deserves to be fired it's the people in charge of sales projection and market analysis/research because their manipulation of new and existing franchises in an attempt to capture the largest market of gamers to push more units, in the process of which making the games a lot worse as well as alienating the fanbase of the titles, and then setting stupidly lofty sales expectations they set up for the game which they think have to be met for them to consider a game as successful. Here are some examples: Lost Planet 3: Gave an unnecessary and unsuccessful gameplay/tone change to a series that already sold pretty well (Lost Planet 1 sold about 2 million units which is impressive for what was a new ip for at the time a next gen system and Lost Planet 2 sold about 1.5 million units which they were lucky to achieve due to how flawed it was and the amount of crap people gave it) and gave it to a developer with a definitely less than stellar track record. To absolutely nobody but Capcom's surprise it bombed HARD (they expected it to shift a million units, it's so far sold little over a tenth of that). Resident Evil 6: ...Do I really need to say anything? It's a miracle the game still managed to sell as well as it did. Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City: *vomits* DmC: Actually a pretty decent game but was completely unnecessary and doomed to fail compared to past Devil May Cry games. Street Fighter X Tekken: Actually a really good fighting game but also one of the largest and most outrageous PR/DLC disasters ever with it's paid gems and on disc DLC characters which caused a massive negative word of mouth that still lingers over the title to this day. Asuras Wrath: I love this game even though I admit the actual gameplay kind of sucks, but Capcom had to go and make the true ending paid DLC once again igniting the internet albeit to a slightly lesser degree than SFxT... GOD DAMNIT CAPCOM!!! Then it sold fairly mediocrely and probably won't get a sequel... *crawls into corner and cries.* Mega Man: ...Just Mega Man... Mighty No. 9 achieved $4 million in backing on Kickstarter for a reason Capcom. Neglected old franchises: Onimusha, Darkstalkers, Breath of Fire... The list goes on and on. Anyway sorry about the rant, my condolences go towards those who lost their jobs and I hope they are all able to recover from this soon.
  • Tidus0203 - October 3, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Sorry but i loved all of those games but Operation raccon city, RE6 was a truly great game and im sorry if it wasnt scary enough for you. DMC was a much better and polished game then the first 3 and was on par with 4. SFxT has the best tag team machnics that ive played in a fighter and had awesome music. Cant wait to play Dr3 on xbox one next month :D
  • Demon_Krauser - October 3, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Not to be the bad guy, but they should listen too their consumers more.
  • BladedFalcon - October 3, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    That's terrible news ): My condolence for those people that are losing their jobs >.< Sadly, this wasn't really a surprise. While I applauded Capcom's efforts in creating new IPs and taking risks with their existing IPs, the middling review scores for most of them and news of mediocre to low sales made this an inevitability.

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