Capcom Undergoing Lay-Offs, Senior VP Christian Svensson Steps Down

By Ishaan . July 11, 2013 . 11:30am

Capcom is undergoing a staff re-oraganization today, and it has resulted in the resignation of its Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson, Polygon reports.

 

According to Polygon’s report, Svensson stated on Facebook that he volunteered to leave, and that he wasn’t the only one to be let go.

 

“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,” Svensson wrote.

 

“I’ve had the opportunity to interface with the best fans any company could ever hope to have,” he continued. “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.”

 

Image: Svensson’s famous Monster Hunter avatar on the Capcom Unity forums.

 


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  • AlteisenX

    Well there goes my chance for more Phoenix Wright stuff… sigh…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    Sven got shot down?

    Oh HELL no…

  • Go2hell66

    ok the pig had me confused there for a sec
    damn but with sven gone capcom is done…

    • ShinStar

      It’s the display pic he uses on the Capcom-Unity forums lol.

      I wonder why he uses it though. I mean, it’s a cute, funny lookin’ pig…

      • Dexward

        It’s a poogie.

  • kylehyde

    this has been a really sad week on the gamer community. I like this guy, he make a good job which as costumer left me satisfied, of course there are things that he couldn’t do, but not everything could be possible. I wish him the best and to the rest of the lay off staff and I hope they found a job soon.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Sad to hear. Hopefully everyone can find new jobs especially svensson.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Go work at Platinum Svensson!

  • Natat

    Wait what! Not Svensson!

  • Pinwheel

    Even if people didn’t like this guy for his straightforward attitude, Ace Attorney fans have this guy to thank. He pushed the living hell out of this series, and I’m really grateful to him for that.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Nintendo loses money and Iwata vows not to lay anyone off because it would negatively affect morale and lose them more in the long run.

    Capcom loses money and they get rid of the man who’s done his best to try pleasing the fans and relay news from the company.

    • Suicunesol

      Svensson volunteered.

      • Spirit Macardi

        It’s not like they had to accept it though. Even if he was prepared for it, there was nothing forcing Capcom to actually get rid of him.

        • Anime10121

          Except for him walking out the door.

          I mean what else do you do when some one turns in their resignation? You expect Capcom to beg Sven not to go? CAPCOM?

          • Spirit Macardi

            Well as this is written, it seems more like he volunteered to be the first to go if necessary. Capcom in the end was the one that made the call to actually fire people.

          • Anime10121

            Quote from Sven in the sourced article

            “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,” he continued. “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.”

            Sounds to me like Sven doesnt like where Capcom’s headed, and since they decided to lay off many of his peers, he decided to take off along with them. He says that he doesnt believe Capcom “needs” people like him anymore.

            Capcom’s gonna lose more than a few fans if they are actually treating their employees worse than they’ve been treating their fans (fans will come back with game announcements, but employees scorned…).

          • Spirit Macardi

            Ah, so basically it’s a repeat of what they did to Clover Studios…

        • Brimfyre

          These thing happen all the times with corporate shake ups. Seen it happen myself many times. They always say they volunteerly step down but the day before, the board met, and all of a sudden they are stepping down. They say volunteer to save face for the company, especially when it is someone beloved liked Svensson. Makes Capcom look better.

      • Brimfyre

        You read volunteered, I read forced out.

  • DanteJones

    This is horrible news.. Capcom lost a good man today. I only hope the person who fills his shoes puts in half the effort he did.

  • Yan Zhao

    Capcom got rid of their last line of defense. The only person that fans didnt really hate from a much hated company. Thats not a good look for them.

    • Herok♞

      Well capcom has someone else I don’t hate on their staff, but thats about it.

      • Anime10121

        Ono? Cuz he’s the only one there left that I think has any sanity left, well what all trollka hasn’t electrocuted away :P

        Ono is all the awesome Capcom has left :(

        http://s14.postimg.org/upnnp8qq9/ono.jpg

        • Solomon_Kano

          Hey, Hideaki Itsuno’s awesome too!

          • Anime10121

            Oh yeah, kinda forgot about him! Though I liked him more working on DMC, cuz I never got into Dragon’s Dogma (though it admittedly IS a solid game)!

        • Herok♞

          well there is him but I meant in the community part, they have a person named Brett Elston who used to be a part of Gamesradar so I liked him if they kept him

    • Lynx

      Yeah.

      Coupled with questionable decisions in recent years, I’m seeing anything but a bright future ahead for Capcom.

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      People hate Yoshihiro Ono and Shu Takumi?

      • Anime10121

        Dont really know about Takumi (not really a fan of Ace Attorney) but Ono’s awesome! He’s it! If Capcom loses him, they’ve got nothing left in my eyes but a bunch of IP to hog that they’ll never sell to anyone else :(

      • Vesperion

        No, but aren’t those guys stationed in Japan?

        • ShinStar

          Sounds like a Capcom USA thing.

          • Tyler Beale

            Ono is pretty much just Street Fighter. As for everything else…

          • Bigabu Beaze

            OhNo! Not Street Fighter!

    • ArmoredBoar

      “The only person that fans didnt really hate”
      What.
      Svensson’s terrible PR decisions are exactly why fans started hating Capcom in the first place, then him due to constantly toying with their customers with bad damage control and even worse announcement timings. Sugarcoating the bad news and beating around the bush, yet being as stupidly blunt as possible about profit didn’t really paint a good image for him from a business standpoint, even if you weren’t a loyal fan of the company. Tri Ultimate and Ace Attorney aren’t enough for anyone to just simply disregard those things.

      With Sven stepping down, this could either be a big step up or a huge plunge down depending on who they manage to get for Senior VP. And at this rate, it looks like they’re gonna sink. I don’t like this.

      • Tonemanzero

        The fact that he was willing to comment on the announcements both good and bad from his his rather high up position the US branch was a great thing, no matter how blunt he was about it. That openness and frankness is something that is severely lacking in this industry at times. And his openness also gave us insight into what the higher ups at Capcom Japan were thinking when they made certain decisions and a voice to yell at them through for those choices.

        Add in the fact that he helped build, what I consider one of the best publisher/developer fan communities around currently at Capcom Unity and of course people would love him or make him, as some people put it “The only person that fans didnt really hate”.

    • Jeremy Barnes

      It looks like a plunge into the depths for Capcom

    • Joshelplex

      Actually, it was more because he was involved with Inafune back when Inafune started trying to push the whole “westernization” thing. This guy is partially to blame for DMC, Dead Rising and Lost Planet getting handed off to western devs. He was actually the one who scouted Ninja Theory, along with Inafune. Now that the western appeal/outsourcing almost destroyed Capcom, they’re kicking out everyone involved.

  • 60hz

    wow – i wonder if all this is because of Capcom’s failed westernization mandate… (or making dead rising 3 xbox1 exclusive?) – baby with the bath water, innit?

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Damn. Sad to see resignations like this happen. Especially to Svensson. :(

  • GameTaco

    Sven, no! ;_;

    I only knew of him from the Legends 2 project, but… That’s all I need to know about him. The final beacon of sanity in all that Capcom has become. The layoffs must have been the last straw.

  • Dave_O_Segundo

    No! Not the only person who actually cares about Ace Attorney on Capcom USA, anyone but him!

  • Luis Camargo

    Go to Sega and help those localizations =)
    Or any other company that will amek you happy, you deserve

  • Ethan_Twain

    I am surprised and pleased by that respectful goodbye from Mr. Svensson. Capcom fans don’t deserve that. They have been absolutely awful to him in every interaction I’ve ever seen. If I were him, there’s no way I would have left with a line about “the best fans any company could ever hope to have”.

    I hope he finds work elsewhere working PR for a firm that serves customers with more reasonable expectations and some semblance of manners.

  • http://theCKNB.wordpress.com/ CodyOh

    Well there goes all the hope for that physical release of Ace Attorney 5…..D:

  • Rohan Kishibe

    First Keiji leaves and now Svensson. I guess I’m done with Capcom for good.

  • Warboss Aohd

    based on yer reactionz, i pose a question

    Will Capcom soon fall? an’ if so, who will pick up da piecez?

  • ShadowDivz

    Im pretty sure the real question is: “What is it about capcom that drives away the head honchos who actually care?”

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

    They can lay as many people off as they want, won’t change the fact that they haven’t been the studio of old

  • epy

    To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Svensson but he made AA5 happen where any other corporate suit wouldn’t give a damn. Killian left not too long ago too…

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Like I said people are resigning lately!

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    Sounds like capcom are moving the way of square enix thats not good, aww but didnt svensson make a push for ace attorney 5? does that mean no more physical release or worse yet no AAi2 localization!?

  • Barrylocke89

    From what I’ve learned about Christian Svensson over the past couple years he really seemed like a cool dude. His activeness on his forums was something that I really respected, even though I never was a member of their forums. I’m not a huge Capcom fan (I have a few IPs that I really enjoy from them like AA but beyond that it all depends on the game) but I know that Capcom USA really lost a solid member of the staff.

    Hopefully this all has a happy ending for both him and Capcom USA (though I have my doubts on the latter…). Whoever picks up Svensson next is going to be a lucky company. I wish him the best of luck.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

    He also mentioned that Capcom is going into a direction where people in his position will be lacking, that doesn’t sound promising. Sounds like they’re taking the new SE approach

  • mirumu

    I can’t say I’m very optimistic about what this means for Capcom. Svensson is quite a loss for both the company and gamers in my view. I wish him and the others leaving with him all the best. I’m sure someone with his skills will find somewhere else that appreciates his talents.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

      This is a stick up, gimme your PSN

      • mirumu

        mattfromus, although I’m not online that often.

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

          Oh ok I’ll still add you

  • Solomon_Kano

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Layoffs are always, always, always a bad thing, but for even Sven to be departing… I could seriously cry right now.

    More than a loss for Capcom as an entity, Sven is a loss for us as fans. This man does so much to try and bring the concerns of the fans to the creators and the suits in Japan, so this is very sad indeed.

    With both him and Killian gone, I don’t even know who Capcom USA is anymore. Hopefully, like Killian, Sven will end up with a company that can put his skills to use. Sad day. Damn sad day.

  • Aristides

    Bad news for Capcom but good news for whomever picks him up. He’s be a good fit for a localization company.

  • Spider-Man

    Dammit, I had a lot of great discussions with Sven on the forums. Him, Snow, and Yuri were all I had left. Now it’s just Yuri. Such a shame for him to go. I remember during one of the streams I asked if we can be best friends and he said yes.

    After all the stuff he had to put up with, especially from the Monster Hunter community, he was a great guy and did his best to let us know what was going on with the series. I’ll miss him greatly.

  • shadowind

    If Mr Svensson ever reads this, I want to say that I hope you find a great job with a company that does respect you, especially if it’s a niche publisher as I’ve always had a lot of respect for you myself…

  • Strid

    Sinking ships sink. Sven knows this.

  • SirRichard

    Godspeed, Svensson, here’s hoping you find a good new place soon. Did wonders to help try and provide a window between the inside and the outside of one of the industry’s biggest publishers, and whatever people may say about this or that, directly talking to fans like that is to be admired.

    Things aren’t looking up for Capcom, now that he’s gone.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I had some good conversations with Svenson as well. I stopped going to Capcom unity around 2011 for a certain reason…
    Well I hope he finds a new job soon.

  • Neophoton

    I take it there goes any chance of a physical release for AA5.

    Svensson was a great asset for Capcom. I’ll just hope he finds a new job within short time, he always did his best and I felt he was one of the better faces of Capcom.

  • Göran Isacson

    I am going to curl up in the fetal position and play Sarah Mclachlan all night long and ain’t no one gonna stop me. Farewell, Sven: you were a ray of honesty in dark times, and now… I can only hope you’ll find your way into the arms of angels that will treat you right.

    Man, do I ever wonder what Capcom will become in the future now… if their future doesn’t involve people like Sven, what does that even mean?

  • British_Otaku

    The pig picture was from Monster Hunter? More you know…

    I’ve mostly remember Svensson as the carrier of bad news, suggesting that X game isn’t coming any time soon whether it’s Okamiden or E.X Troopers, but I understand it’s a job someone had to do.

    He seemed to do it with honesty and was always there answering the community even if a lot of the answers seem sketchy or have bad news…

    I wish the guy and the rest of the staff leaving the best in their future pursuits.

  • Greg

    I didn’t know much of Svensson, but from what I’ve heard, he’s like a big part of the Capcom family. It’s bad enough that I may never see a new megaman game ever again, but it’s damn sad to see the most well respected Capcom employees leave :(

  • Just Tim

    This lay-off round would’ve never happened if Capcom STOPS expecting Call of Duty sales on new and niche in-house IPs for the US market.

  • xxx128

    Capcom took a turn for the worse when yoshiki okamoto and shinji mikami left. What’s left is a creatively bankrupt company that is unable to connect to their former days or awesomeness.

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