Capcom lays off U.S. employees

Capcom laid off several employees of its U.S. office today. The company confirmed the terminations in a statement to Joystiq, but it did not address their extent.

"Capcom today laid off several employees from the U.S. office as part of an overall organizational restructure of the company," a Capcom representative wrote. "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."

Among those to lose their jobs was Christian Svensson, senior VP of planning and business development. He wrote in a public Google Plus post that he suggested his position be eliminated while planning the reorganization.

"I stayed as long as I did in large part for the potential I felt the company had (and still may have). But I also stayed for the people," Svensson wrote."I’ve worked alongside extremely talented and passionate folks in nearly every office we have. There are far too many to name but I really want to thank them all for the time we spent in the trenches together. I have truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you and would jump at the chance to do so again in the future."

Svensson said he is considering several new employment opportunities in the games industry.


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  • Swedish_Chef - July 12, 2013 2:47 a.m.

    Just want help to clarify something in case people didn't understand it clearly in the article, Christian Svensson did not lose his job, he voluntarily resigned from his position at Capcom USA. That said though this is a major blow for fans of Capcom games, fighting game and Ace Attorney fans in particular as he was a huge advocate for both of them in the company. I hope him and those in the company that lost their jobs recover and go on to do more great things in the future.
  • CitizenWolfie - July 12, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    Maybe they refused to pay the extra fees to unlock parts of their contract that were originally locked when they signed.
  • irvine5k - July 11, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    This is unfortunate. I am sure they would have had enough money to keep them if they didn't scrap the mega man franchise.
  • shawksta - July 11, 2013 7:20 p.m.

  • JMarsella09 - July 11, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Too bad, Svensson's a good guy.
  • SunniDee - July 11, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    All I'm wondering about is whether or not Chris and/or Brett were also lay offed
  • BladedFalcon - July 11, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Well, Chris just posted a bunch of juicy Ducktales info on Capcom Unity, so I'd kinda doubt it. And Brett sits higher in the ladder than Chris, so I'd also doubt anything happened to him. Also, a quick glance to their twitter accounts confirms that they both have kept their jobs, so there you go ^^
  • SunniDee - July 11, 2013 3:55 p.m.

  • shawksta - July 11, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    Their US staff? News: This just in Capcom just fired their localization team because of sales, EVERYTHING IN JAPAN STAYS IN JAPAN Imagine the horror
  • sandplasma - July 11, 2013 2:37 p.m.

  • StrayGator - July 11, 2013 2:25 p.m.


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