Put Capcom up on the board of the many video game publishers who are undergoing layoffs and major reorganizations. Senior VP Chris Svensson has confirmed that people at Capcom will be losing their jobs, including himself who volunteered to step down in the face or the reorganization.
In a post on his Google+ page, Svensson states that feels no ill will towards Capcom, but he confirmed the company is moving in a different direction than his his own vision.
“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. Those who know me well, know that I’ve been ready to go for quite some time.”
He also wanted to thank the Capcom fans, admitting he wasn’t always able to get them what they passionately wanted despite him trying his best. No doubt, he refers to the cancellation of several Mega Man titles and the backlash Capcom has been taking for its Western outsourcing and on CD DLC.
“I’ve had the opportunity to interface with the best fans any company could ever hope to have. 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.”
Most importantly though, Svensson states that it was the people he worked with that kept him on the job for 8 years, moreso than the potential he saw in the company.
“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.”
His final acts as the leader and organizer of this team is to help them find new places of employment.
“In the near term, here’s where I need your help. Sadly, I’m not the only one affected by the reorganization today. 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.
At the same time, if your company is hiring in one of these areas, please let me know via FB message; doing so might save some time for all concerned.”
Honestly, this news is a little hard to me to swallow. I’ve been a fan of Capcom all of my life, and the gradual disillusionment I’ve felt towards the company has been physically painful at times. Watching a childhood pastime tear itself apart from the inside has ignited serious emotions of anger, resentment and sadness.
The talented directors who made Capcom a seal of quality have all left to form their own teams and focus more on making games rather than corporate politics. Most of its games are shipped overseas to be developed by unproven teams, and where as these rarely wind up competent, the internally developed games also fail to live up to expectations.
Chris Svensson spent most of his days on the Capcom Unity site, interacting with both grateful and disappointed fans on a far more frequent level than most people in his position, and I’ve often considered his job one of the most difficult in the business.
His reasoning and explanations might not have always been enough to satisfy a dwindling community of fans, but even the greatest PR firms on Earth might have trouble spinning some of Capcom’s most divisive decisions over the years.
I might not have always seen eye-to-eye with the guy, but I would like to thank him for the monstrous effort he put into keeping Capcom somewhat relevant in the changing video game world and fighting to make sure it didn’t lose all sense of identity. I hope him and all those who worked with him are able to find employment under a far more reasonable company.
Capcom issued a statement on the matter to Polygon:
“Capcom today laid off several employees from the U.S. office as part of an overall organizational restructure of the company. 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.”