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Capcom's Christian Svensson Departs As Part Of Staff Reorganisation

Posted by Andy Green

Senior Vice President is among the casualties

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.

Are you sad to see Sven go? Let us know your thoughts on the restructuring in the comment section below.

[via polygon.com]

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User Comments (38)

Knux

#1

Knux said:

This will certainly hurt Capcom in more ways than one, because I feel like he was one of the few people in said company to genuinely care about us gamers.

Williaint

#2

Williaint said:

If he was more reputable... And if I cared for Capcom more.
I still think Capcom is a respectable company.

JGMR

#3

JGMR said:

Well, he was one of the very few people of a big company that you could interact with. And I don't think that such a stubborn company as Capcom ever contemplated "our" suggestions through his interaction with "us"...

Dogpigfish

#5

Dogpigfish said:

That's unfortunate, but after reading EA's 10k it's clear the transition time between generations is the most detrimental. Here's to another 10 years to capcom now that they've restructured.

MagicEmperor

#7

MagicEmperor said:

Damn it. Sorry to see you go, Sven. I always admired your commitment, and to be frank, I always loved your kinda creepy pig avatar. Good luck with your future endeavors, dude. Take it easy.

Einherjar

#10

Einherjar said:

Normally, i would say that "the rats a leaving the sinking ship"...but these people (like seth and co) are not the rats, these are the only rowers this ship had left.
First, they get rid of two of their most dedicated fanbases (MegaMan, Ace Attorney) and now they are "reorganizing" their staff ?
If this isnt called a sinking ship, what is ? Nintendo, be sure to get the licenses for MegaMan and Ace Attorney (or Namco and Level5 respectivly for all i care) before capcom bures itself too deep underground.

ThomasBW84Admin

#11

ThomasBW84 said:

This is quite sad, as I always felt he was on the Capcom Unity community's side, even when he couldn't give the news they wanted to hear.

Frapp

#12

Frapp said:

The world sure is a crummy place at the moment for employment. I know countless people who have lost their jobs in the past 18 months.
Very sad and worrying to see Sven go. Companies like Capcom need people who can interact with the gaming public.

crumpledpapyrusStaff

#13

crumpledpapyrus said:

Sven was definitely one of the best in terms of community engagement. It feels like Capcom has taken the phone off the hook with this move...

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#14

Philip_J_Reed said:

Sven's a great guy. Obviously I wish him the best, along with anyone else affected by the re-org. I'm sure it'll be a loss for Capcom, but I really do hope they get themselves sorted out. It's a bumpy ride this generation already.

ohhaime

#15

ohhaime said:

Now who will tell us monster hunter fans to blindly keep hope alive while we wait for MH4 to be localized. :-(

shonenjump86

#16

shonenjump86 said:

He kinda gave me hope that AAI2 would be released outside of Japan one day. Capcoms loss, I wish him the best :)

psuboy172

#17

psuboy172 said:

It always seemed like he was always reaching out to us Ace Attorney fans, and he actually cared about getting the best possible product to gamers. Sad to see him go.

Capt_N

#19

Capt_N said:

"Those who know me well, know that I've been ready to go for quite some time."

Well, if that's his choice... As for all those let go, that's uncool! Cut-throat industry indeed!

@Einherjar: Mega Man could be a prized ip for Nintendo. I'm not an Ace Attorney fan, maybe I will be one day, but from what little I know of that series, it was mostly on the DS right? So, such an ip becoming Nintendo's doesn't sound like it'd be too different a situation, than now, just different ownership of the ip.

Neram

#20

Neram said:

I'm sorry, for a moment I thought that was a picture of John Travolta.

Kyloctopus

#22

Kyloctopus said:

I really liked Svensson. Unlike other head-ups, he really spoke to the "Capcommunity", and treated them right in as many ways as he can in his position.

Tasuki

#23

Tasuki said:

Well I wish him the best wherever he may go. Where one door closes another one opens.

So I guess this means NA wont be getting a physical copy of the new Ace Attorney. Well Capcom can now go to hell. I hope nobody in NA buys the new Ace Attorney now but I know a bunch of people wont care and will. Screw you Capcom and hoped you enjoyed getting my money.

thefabfour64

#25

thefabfour64 said:

I thought it was a picture of John Travolta for a second lol. I hope he does well in his future endeavors.

EvisceratorX

#26

EvisceratorX said:

And today marks the day that Capcom finally sunk to EA levels of suckage. Nothing can save them now.

Caryslan

#27

Caryslan said:

@Tasuki And you just gave Capcom all the reason in the world to either keep the series out of the US in the future or just say screw it and kill the series off for good. In many ways, you would be proving Capcom right in their justufaction for not giving US gamers a physcial copy.

I know not having a physcical copy of a game sucks, but the bright side is that we are getting the game on the eshop. At the end of the day, we are getting the game in some form. That should be the only thing that matters. Yes, you'll be missing out on a box to display or a game card to hold in your hands, but Capcom could have opted to give us nothing.

And a boycott will only tell Capcom that we don't like the Ace Attorney games anymore, and they should simply not bother with giving us anymore of them. In the end, the boycott would accomplish nothing besides telling Capcom to send more Street Fighter and Resident Evil our way.

I'm not saying Capcom is a saint, but its all about picking your battles. If you are truly a fan of the series, you should be ready to buy this game when it hits the eshop. You want Capcom to treat the series better in the US and maybe give us physcial copies inb the future? Then buy the game and show them that we care about Ace Attorney.

Money talks, and it is the only thing that Capcom will listen to at this point. If they see Ace Attorney get huge numbers on the eshop, then they might be motivated to treat the series better.

But my point stands, Ace Attorney is still coming over here. Its not like Mega Man at all. Let's support the game as much as possible before it becomes another series that Capcom has tons of excuses to kill off.

Morph

#28

Morph said:

Shame, seemed a decent enough fella, hope capcom dont lose touch with the fan base even more

Einherjar

#30

Einherjar said:

@Capt_N The Ace Attorney series started on the GBA and was later ported to the DS. These ports arrived in the western world and gathered quite a sturdy fanbase around them almost instantly. Fans so dedicated, that they went and translated the mangas, the games and whatnot to be able to enjoy them.
Its not a series for everybody, Japanese humor can be a bit on the bizarre side. But nowadays, its one of capcoms better known IPs.
But i forgot a fanbase that they also slapped in the face: The fighting game crowd. With their countless re-releases that could have bin an example of good, meaningful DLC, their countless DLC costume ripoffs and "buy to win" DLC policy (these booster things for SF VS Tekken) and so on and so forth.
Not to mention what they have done to the upcoming Dead Rising and Lost Planet: "Westernisation" would be a big understatement here.
Oh, AND the DmC farse. Ailianating the core fanbase to draw in dub step, potty mouth, dark and gritty gangster rebel kiddies....blergh
If you think about it, they dont seem to be on good terms with any of their fanbases (well, Monster Hunter Ultimate was a treat i must confess). A mere shadow of what they used to be.

unrandomsam

#31

unrandomsam said:

@Williaint I don't think they are respectable I think they are incredibly lazy and produce absolute terrible quality stuff far too often and recycle old stuff instead of putting any effort in whatsoever. (e.g Super Ghouls and Ghosts wii u still got all the sprite flicker even though it was fixed for the Playstation / Saturn versions. Megaman 3DS VC they could have put some effort in like Konami did and used the Genesis Sprites and made them a 3D Classic.) The Dungeons and Dragons recent release is utter garbage on PC (Its better on Mame). Bionic Commando Rearmed totally unable to work on modern versions of windows dunno why. DLC policies are terrible they put in the absolute minimum amount of effort every time. (Sad because their arcade games were of very high quality.)
Streetfighter IV Arcade (PC)
and
Monster Hunter 3 (wii) were reasonably ok,

The ios adware thing would make me do a chargeback on them if it affected me.

(They seem to have fallen for the increase short term revenue at the expense of annoying the customer thing that backfires eventually. (Unless you are EA Sports who I think they might be trying to copy but the situation there is not comparable because people (Who are not me) care about those licenses for player names)).

unrandomsam

#32

unrandomsam said:

@Einherjar Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition was fine (Local mutiplayer - no point in playing it online because there is no way to guarantee it is a fair match) they deliberately didn't mess with that too much. (Those touch screen special moves made the 3DS version annoying takes too long to find a pro control match.)
The Western parts of the big Japanese producers are awful I agree. (Applies to Square Enix / Konami / Capcom all of them).
I want a Ghost's and Goblins 3DS or Wii U game out of them doubt they will bother though. (Even though ios has one).

unrandomsam

#33

unrandomsam said:

SEGA is bad as well. Seem to have lost the things that made them good.

(Football Manager and constant remakes (But not of the ones I want excluding Nights into Dreams) / Sonic games sad situation.)

Westernisation of things make them not worth bothering with for me. I like Japanese style console or arcade games (Meaning first released in an arcade not being a catch all for everything). (With the traditional level of difficulty). Not bothered about hentai or dating sims from the Japs. But I really don't like console FPS's / poor quality lowest common denominator ports / playing PC style games with a gamepad.

I think we could do with another video game crash destroying the big publishers. (Nintendo is ok but trying to emulate them is not good especially as they don't offer an equivalent to GoTY versions). They buy studio's who never make a good game again.

(If you look at Bastions credits the team who actually made it was 5 people or so and the publisher added about another 200 people.)

Don't see how there can be so much extra cost reasonably. (Wind Waker HD shows it should not cost any more than to make a gamecube game but just have the thing upscaled properly).

If people had any taste then Kokuga would be the best selling 3DS game certainly this week,

Einherjar

#34

Einherjar said:

@unrandomsam iOS got plenty of games, but to be honest, most of them dont even qualify as such. Just look at Squares "Final Fantasy" output or Capcoms attmpt at "MegaMan Xover". So, i really dont count them for anything.
But like i said earlier, just look at what Capcom did with the upcomming Dead Rising or Lost Planet. There is no trace of left of their predecessors just to be more westernized, to be like the games that sell in the west (CoD and such) and if you ask me, its awfull.
Regarding Street Fighter: Yes, they did a very fine job with almost any version of SF4. Super SF4 was basicly a love letter to the fans. The problem is, every adition coul just have been a DLC. And it would have been one of the best examples as such. But they went and released the game again and again and again, just to earn that extra cash that comes with the slightly higher price tag.
And if you ask me, a game can be as good as it gets, if the dev behind it trys to snatch money from my pockets...thats when the fun ends for me.
But its certainly a "global gaming" problem, and not one of a single developer.

Tasuki

#35

Tasuki said:

@Caryslan: Its not about having a box to display or having the game cartridge its the fact that Capcom holds the power as to if and when I can get the game again. What happens in 10 years and Capcom is out of business will I be able to buy another copy of AA5 if my 3DS stops working? What if I happen to accidentally erase it? This is why I will not settle for digital only. So I should just be happy and be a good boy and let Capcom win? F*** that.

I am not going to buy it just to buy it and let Capcom win. ANd if you do well you are either a fool or stupid. WHich one is it?

Caryslan

#36

Caryslan said:

@unrandomsam A big crash might destroy some of the mid-sized developers, but its your smaller developers who will be hurt by a second crash. Activision, EA, and your other big developers will sruvive a big crash. They have enough money and enough resources to endure the few years that would follow a crash. Activision survived the first crash of 1983. They are an even bigger company now. Do you honestly think the Crash will bring them down?

Plus, people are forgetting one thing. While the crash was a major event for the video game indsturdy, it only really affected the US home console market. Computers were still a decent market, arcades were around, and consoles outside the US were still doing pretty good.

People are really overestimaiting how much a crash would change anything. Even if the US market implodes, EA, Activision, and other companies can turn to Europe and other regions as long as the sales of consoles remain brisk in those regions. And many of your Japanese developers would not be that badly hurt either, since many of them have turned their focus to handhelds. If the latest Nintendo handheld at the time of a crash is still doing well in Japan, they can just keep their efforts focused on handhelds and the Japanese market.

Not to mention, mobile gaming could still help keep these companies in business.

A 1983 style crash simply won't change much. It did not really kill video games back in 1983. Europe favored computers, so Atari crashing did not do much to them, and Japan was too busy with the Famicom to care. Now, you're dealing with a global market with three major regions, numerous other regions that are targets for video games, and more ways then ever to play games. The most that might happen is that consoles go away a few years. And even then, mobile gaming and PC gaming will just pick up the slack.

For a crash to truly change anything, it has to affect all the major markets and affect not only consoles, but handhelds, mobile gaming, and PCs. If the console market crashes in the US, why would Capcom care? They might lose some potential sales in NA, burt they could just make another Monster Hunter for Japan and rake in some good money.

Rovio likely won't care as long as mobile gaming remains strong.

And this is my point, people are acting like another crash will magically change everything. Keep in mind, a crash will bring some bad things with it. Tons of people will be out of work, the econmy will be hurt(remember the Dot.com burst?), and there is still no chance of things changing.

In the end, people are hoping for an event that brings nothing but bad things with it on the off-chance that things might magically change. But even that is guaranteed since the video game industry is much different then it was in 1983. Plus, the bigger developers are likely to survive a crash. The ones that will be hurt are the small and mid-sized developers.

Plus, even if a crash does manage to work, who's to say another Nintendo will swoop in and save the day? For all we know, companies might just throw up their arms and say "we're done with video games." You might be gambling the entire thing on the off chance that someone might save the business again, and if they never show up, then video games are done for good.

LegendaryQ

#38

LegendaryQ said:

Probably one of the best "higher ups" I've seen. I would be sad, but this just means he has the opportunity to go somewhere where he can do more good.

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