Huge news regarding the future of Japanese video game publisher, Capcom. Shareholders voted not to renew a “takeover defense plan” put up in place to keep the company from being sold off. This means that Capcom is now susceptible to potential takeover from outside entities if they were to buy up enough stock.
Capcom’s management states that it “will react to make necessary measures within the admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations,” should any mass purchases or takeover attempts occur.
“Despite of non-approval of Renewal of Takeover Defense at the 35th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Capcom will continue to focus on further preserving and enhancing corporate value and common interests of its shareholders.”
The original defense plan was put up by Capcom in 2008 and has been holding strong ever since, but recent financial reports might not be pleasing shareholders and others involved with the company.
It’s a very interesting situation that Capcom finds itself in. It has not been the most popular of video game companies over the last few years, but that doesn’t mean that Capcom isn’t home to plenty of wonderful franchises that are bound to make bigger corporations’ mouths water with the thoughts of exploiting them. Mega Man, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry, Onimusha, Breath of Fire.
I’m being a little generous with that last one, but these are huge names that have fans all around the world. Some companies are bound to notice.
Who knows? Maybe a takeover wouldn’t be such a bad thing if it were to mean that Microsoft, Sony, Disney or whatever major corporation that might step in would be willing to make more Mega Man games than the company does now. On the flip side, it could just as easily mean that this new potentially heartless overlord doesn’t care about the status of Mega Man and would only be churning out heartless mobile games starring the iconic character for the rest of time…
Oh yeah… On second thought, maybe this is the shake up that Capcom needs. I only hope that any potential purchasing company has a love for games.