Capcom: “We May See A Clear Distinction Of Winners And Losers” In Japan

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As the ongoing struggle between game publishers for market share in Japan continues, Capcom believe there might soon be a clearer distinction between those that are successful and those that aren’t. The publisher — who today announced a 73.1% drop in net income for the fiscal year gone by — plans to revitalize growth in the year ahead, to avoid being in the latter category.


“As the domestic market is reaching its maturation in Japan, the competition for market share will intensify, and we may see a clear distinction of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’,” a statement from the company’s financial review for this past fiscal year reads.


Capcom believe the re-structuring of the games industry will lead to new opportunities arising from developing trends and technologies, such as game consoles with multiple features and functions, high-performance mobile phones and cloud computing. In order to facilitate future growth, Capcom plan to monitor and leverage these upcoming technological trends. Additionally, growth in the mobile phone software sector is another goal the company plans to pursue aggressively both in domestic and overseas markets.


An organizational reformation is also in the cards. “Expediting decision making” and “clarifying the chain of command and responsibility” are cited as examples of this reform. This will be further facilitated by upgrades to the company’s network infrastructure, including video conference systems and intranet, in order to streamline communication and information-sharing.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.