Back in 2008 a ‘takeover defense plan’ was designed to stop a third party from gaining control of Capcom by implementing an approval process for the purchase of stock; one of which was the award of additional stock to existing shareholders to dilute the new shareholder’s controlling influence.
However, that plan has not been renewed by investors which basically means that Capcom are now in line for a possible acquisition – by anyone.
Trouble is for anyone who is thinking of swooping in and snapping up the Japanese publisher/developer that also means they’ll have to take on their gargantuan debt. A factor that many a dumb-ass gamer have failed to consider as they gather around message boards and forums ‘guessing’ at who will pick up Capcom.
Capcom have been dying a very slow death for some time now, but given their rather lacklustre output in recent years – combined with a whole host of corporate wankery and anti-consumer policy regarding on-disc-dlc etc – should they just disappear up their own ass altogether because no one wants that kind of debt hung around their neck this is one gamer who won’t lose any sleep.
Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono, has quit the company to ‘take some time out and have a think’.
Ben Parfitt being the reactionary dicknozzle he is yet again got the wrong end of the stick. Yoshi Ono has only quit his position at Capcom Vancouver, where he was serving as producer for the Dead Rising series. He’s still with Capcom Japan, working on Street Fighter and other projects. – Mentski