Christian Svensson, Senior Vice-President of Planning and Business Development at Capcom U.S., has left the company. Svensson made the announcement yesterday on his Facebook page, saying that he had volunteered to be laid off because he and the company were no longer going in the same directions. He also said that he would be taking an unspecified number of resumes with him to pass among contacts in the industry.
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. 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 was with Capcom for eight years and was a favorite with many fans because he was a direct point of contact who genuinely listened to gamer concerns. He frequently reached out to fans through the Capcom-Unity blog.
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.
Capcom also issued a statement:
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.
Capcom employed around 130 people at their California facility. Since California law requires that lay-offs of 50 or more employees be reported to the state, the number being let go is fewer than 50 at this point, but beyond that, little else is known.
We'll keep you informed as we learn more.