Christian Svensson Bids Farewell to Capcom
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Capcom’s US Senior Vice President Christian Svensson has left the publisher amidst a number of layoffs at the company.

Writing in a public post on Google Plus, Svensson said that his departure was voluntary, as "Capcom is going in a different direction and the need for people at my level, relative to other areas, is lacking."

"While it comes as something of a relief, today is bittersweet. After nearly eight years, it is my final day at Capcom.”

"This departure is not a bad thing for me and it's happening mostly because I'd suggested it during the early planning for today's reorg. 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. 

"That said, I'm grateful for the opportunities Capcom has afforded me. 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.

"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.

"We tried some things that worked. We tried others that didn't. We fought fights that were worth fighting and even won a few. I'm proud of what we accomplished."

Svensson added that he "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."

"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."

It’s not yet known how many other people have been affected by layoffs at the US arm of Capcom. 


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Comment #2 by cheevo360
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:31:09 AM
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Good luck to Christian for future.

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Comment #3 by MabusScarab
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:45:54 AM
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"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."

I think that line speaks volumes about the kind of person this man must be, one of his initial concerns is for the people he worked with in the current situation he is.

The ugly economic state of this country right now has seen too many people in the same position, regardless of how high and powerful or low on the totem pole it's still painful to see people losing work due to budget cuts and layoffs. I wish the best for these former members of Capcom and anyone else out there that has experienced the backlash of job layoffs.

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Comment #4 by cheevo360
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:51:39 AM
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#1 Maybe Capcom is slowly at moment since some of their games didn't sales well like Remember Me, DmC: Devil May Cry and others but they bought some great games in recent of years but many is expect not sales very well though. So Capcom is not dying and Capcom is try their best and still lives. Dead Rising 3 coming very soon and I am sure this game will help boost sales as well maybe Lost Planet 3 could help. But I believe Dead Rising 3 will be Capcom's next title huge sales. I do not want Capcom dying because I like to see more of Dead Rising, Resi Evil, Mega Man, Okami, Devil May Cry and others to carry on in future for more sequels and prequels. Capcom is coolest publisher and developer. I knew their DLCs is way too much costs or bring too much DLCs. I don't care about DLCs but more important about how well their games in their history.

I again want Capcom doing their best they can and bring some more great games in future. Look forward how well between Dead Rising 3 and Lost Planet 3. :)

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Comment #5 by Baillie1987
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:54:53 AM
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I can't wait for Dead Rising 3, I was so disappointed with Resi Evil 5, ORC and Resi Evil 6. I hope Dead Rising shows a return of form. I've not played Resi Evil Revelations yet but I haven't heard many good things about it.

I wish that guy, and any other potential lay off victims the best of luck in finding a new home and they all continue to make games.

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Comment #6 by Dirty130
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:01:44 AM
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Good luck to him and here's hoping to many more good Capcom releases.

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Comment #7 by thenewpeter
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:19:44 AM
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New direction's, does that mean we might be getting Mega Man games that wont be canceled? Or going with the newer model of Resident Evil games (revelations) over the blockbuster ott action game the main series turned into?

It's always a shame to see people go, but Capcom hasn't had the best run generally in recent years, this change will hopefully be good, who knows, maybe capcom has found its brain again, or maybe things might get worse, we'll find out in time.

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Comment #8 by x360a
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:22:43 AM
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@5 You haven't heard good things about Resident evil revolutions?

@4 remember me was developed by Dontnod Entertainmen and DmC was developed by Ninja theory

@1 Capcom are a Japanese developed and have already expressed their disappointment with using overseas developers for their first party products. This was cited after the release of bionic commando. Its no surprise they are cutting back on their north American venture in a harsh global economy. Their Japanese products are prominently chart toppers; Dragons Dogma, Monster hunter ds/ Bio-hazard revolutions are all examples of this. I think by saying they are "slowly dying" is a huge over-statement.

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Comment #9 by Liverpool709
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:24:35 AM
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Every time I see Capcom on the threads picture, I keep praying that it's a Resi Evil 1-3 port/remake announcement, yet only see massive dissapointment.

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Comment #10 by cheevo360
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:49:23 AM
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#8 Yeah I knew it is just I talked about Capcom games sales recent and Capcom owned those Franchises since they published those. I understood what you said anyway. :)

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Comment #11 by Baillie1987
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:00:53 AM
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When I say "not heard good things" I'm mainly talking about people I know, posting one review by one person doesn't mean much to me. But thanks for posting it anyway

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Comment #12 by Andreas_loel
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:53:45 AM
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Lycka till med livet svenne

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Comment #13 by Zenka The Myth
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:31:48 AM
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I don't know why everyone thumbed down #1, he's only speaking the truth. Guess some people don't wonna hear (read) the truth.

OT: The Japanese game market always have struggled to keep up with the rest of the world, it's always been turn based JRPGs, the next gen is only gonna make it harder for them.

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Comment #14 by MOOGIE101
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:51:04 AM
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All the games mentioned above made money, but there spending is so out of control & expectations so hard that these profits are seen as disappointing.The problem is, big game companies are spending so much money on developing & then marketing AAA games that they can't then make the big profits they expect.

Dead Rising 3 should be a big hit for the company, as should Resident Evil if they remember people want horror not a Gears clone.

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Comment #15 by WHATSTHEDEALB
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:58:48 AM
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That's because they release too many games too quickly nowa days. Their current model is heavily flawed.

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Comment #16 by resevil239
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:05:33 AM
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On one hand it always sucks to hear about people loosing their jobs. On the other hand, maybe this is a good sign for campcoms future? Maybe they are more or less abandoning the US offices to once again make the quality games they were known for, rather than constantly shipping out development to other studios and having them make ott action games that boil down to a total bastardization of a once great series (looking at you RE5+6). Not that I'm saying it being a US office is why it was bad (I'm american afterall), but they certainly seemed to treat foreign companies as tools to only make action packed ott mediocre games.

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Comment #17 by AnnieJernigan
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:53:00 PM
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like Ryan said I’m taken by surprise that anybody can earn ($)7635 in one month on the internet. have you read this site link… can99.ℂ­om

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Comment #18 by Rezi
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 08:08:31 PM
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@9 same here :( whatever did happen to the re2 hd they spoke about a while back now? As well as that questionnaire thing they had asking what series you would like to see return. I miss the old capcom, just like i miss squaresoft :/

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Comment #19 by Wing X Custom
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 08:52:14 PM
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Capcoms' bleeding like a stuck pig. Someone put them out of their misery and save those IPs.

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Comment #20 by Liverpool709
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 05:55:16 AM
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@18 Yeah, Capcom said something on the lines of 'If we receive enough interest about wanting a remake of RE2 or whatever, they'd consider it'.
But I guess that was to just shut us up?

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Comment #21 by Wesker STARS
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 11:13:21 AM
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No Frank West no buy Dead Rising 3 evar. No play Resident Evil evar after ORC and Resi 6. No play Street Fighter anymoar because of street fighter iv, super street fighter 4, super street fighter 4 arcade edition, street fighter x tekken and the assorted costume packs for each game. BYE BYE CAPCOM.

The only things that can save the company are a good Resi Evil game that controls like Revelations with a good story that doesn't suck balls or a Mercenaries mode style game with levels, characters and enemies spanning the entire RE franchise. Also a Street Fighter game with a full roster of characters (none of this SFxT shit where you pay for character like Guy, Cody, Sakura and Blanka) and MINIMAL DLC, I want alternate costumes, but I should be able to earn them in the game, not by making micro transactions.

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