Capcom has started its staff reorganisation programme in its US operations, which has resulted in the loss of several employees including Senior Vice President Christian Svensson.
Svensson, who has been with the company for eight years, announced his departure on his personal Facebook page earlier today. It's not known how many other people have lost their jobs.
In the message he said he had volunteered to go as part of the planned restructuring and declined to say who else has been affected by the move.
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’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.
Svensson was a major figure for Capcom in the West and was often found on the Capcom Unity forums conversing with fans and taking on concerns. One of his more recent activities on the site saw him ask fans for their support for a boxed copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, which he would then pass on to the higher-ups.
He was often knocking about chatting about all things Mega Man, Street Fighter or Monster Hunter and his departure will leave a gaping hole in the Capcom community.
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 is a former games journalist and has previously worked at Midway. It's not known what his next venture is but we wish him, and the departing Capcom staffers, the very best of luck in their future endeavors.
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