Capcom shareholders open possibility of takeover

Capcom shareholders voted to end its takeover defense at a recent investor meeting, leaving the company open to an acquisition.


Capcom has announced that at a recent investor meeting, shareholders voted to end its takeover defense. That leaves the publisher open to an acquisition, assuming another company buys enough stock to take it.

Gamasutra reports that Capcom originally put its takeover defense measures in place in 2008. Shareholders voted for the countermeasures then, but have now reversed course. It said in a statement that management will still "react to make necessary measures within the admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations."

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    June 17, 2014 6:38 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Capcom shareholders open possibility of takeover.

    Capcom shareholders voted to end its takeover defense at a recent investor meeting, leaving the company open to an acquisition.

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      June 17, 2014 7:04 AM

      Quick lets start a kickstarter! Megeman will live again!!

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      June 17, 2014 7:22 AM


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      June 17, 2014 7:29 AM

      Capcom's struggles absolutely blow my mind. Next to Nintendo, Capcom has, purely in my estimation, the best characters and properties in gaming. And yet it fails to capitalize on those properties, unless they begin with "Street Fighter." What's going on with Resident Evil? Mega Man? Final Fight? Duck Tales? Okami? Bionic Commando?

      Baffling. Utterly baffling.

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        June 17, 2014 7:33 AM

        I agree vehemently. Specifically, I'd love a modern Final Fight, or a Bionic Commando that played like Just Cause 2 (with customizable controls, for those following along!).

        And the fact that a Megaman 3rd person shooter/Metroidvania doesn't exist makes me sad.

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          June 17, 2014 7:57 AM

          After 2009 Bionic Commando, no one will green light anything that has to do with that property for at least another 5 years.

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            June 17, 2014 10:03 AM

            Which is a shame because it's a really good game over shadowed by bullshit reviewers

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          June 17, 2014 11:27 PM

          I would really love to see a modern Final Fight 4 from Capcom, with HD hand drawn 2D graphics.

          Same actually with Sega and Streets of Rage 4.

          Just make those, let Yuji Koshiro make some new SoR music and life would be great.

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        June 17, 2014 7:35 AM

        Breath of Fire :(

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          June 17, 2014 10:09 AM

          Dragons Dogma had me so hyped for a new BoF when they did the teaser site. Glad DD turned out well, but I'd still have liked a new BoF.

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            June 17, 2014 10:14 AM

            Oh man, DD is another thing the world needs more of. The first game and expansion were so good, but flawed in many ways. If they could fix those up, I'd be all over a DD2.

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              June 17, 2014 10:15 AM

              Yes please.

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              June 17, 2014 3:09 PM

              The beauty of Dargon's Dogma was that it was flawed in too many ways to count, but for me was still an absolutely amazing game. The only reason I put the game down was because I ran out of content.

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              June 17, 2014 3:17 PM

              ive heard great things about that game, and i would love to play it. PC please? :D

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        June 17, 2014 2:34 PM

        Resident Evil: driven off a cliff with RE6 in 2012.
        Mega Man: Inafune left, and is now building the spiritual successor of Mega Man in Might No. 9.
        Bionic Commando: they tried that in 2009; the retro remake did better than the HD reimagining.
        Okami.... wait, didn't Capcom really really hate how Okami didn't have explosive sales back when the PS2 version was released? Which then led to Capcom asking Clover if they wanted to work on mainline Capcom franchise remakes... leading to the dissolution of Clover when the main staff basically said, "Hell No!"?

        Capcom has mismanaged almost all of their existing IP portfolio, and are stuck with a corruption of their 2007-era business strategy that only worked well for a few years.

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          June 17, 2014 2:58 PM

          Yes, but I'm speaking to potential. Take Mega Man and RE, for instance. If Capcom can't follow the formula honed over who-even-knows-how-many Mega Man games, and if the mechanics in games like The Last of Us aren't tantamount to a big, flashing, neon sign that reads "THIS WAY TO SURVIVAL HORROR RESURGENCE," then maybe Capcom should throw in the towel.

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        June 17, 2014 3:03 PM

        It's only baffling if you're over 25.

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        June 17, 2014 3:06 PM

        Isn't that proof that it's not really the IP/characters that matter, but how you handle them? Customers give you the time of day when you've got familiar characters, but not if you have a lousy hit to miss ratio.

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      June 17, 2014 8:16 AM

      Hurry up, Nintendo, before Facebook snatches them.

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        June 17, 2014 8:54 AM

        Maaan, I shudder to think just how relevant the Wii U will suddenly become if Nintendo snatches up all of Capcom.

        Suddenly the Wii U is the hub for fighting games. It will the new Dreamcast.

        Likewise what if Sony snatches up majority share of Capcom. Suddenly the cries of thousands of Monster Hunters across Japan who already invested in the 3ds can be heard.

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          June 17, 2014 9:11 AM

          Think of Capcom Amiibos.

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            June 17, 2014 9:31 AM

            Street Fighter Amiibos...

            Actually that Namco X Capcom.. err Nintendo franchise will take an odd turn.

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          June 17, 2014 9:20 AM

          I'm not sure Nintendo wants "the new Dreamcast". I love mine something fierce, but it essentially tanked. :/

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            June 17, 2014 9:30 AM

            It was only a few months ago that the Wii U merely aspired to be as "successful" as the Dreamcast

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          June 17, 2014 10:08 AM

          New megaman with a secret playable character mario

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        June 17, 2014 10:05 AM

        This would be a great outcome, they've produced Nintendo games in the past.

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          June 17, 2014 10:13 AM

          I think they produced a few Zelda games.

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            June 17, 2014 10:16 AM

            Some very good ones.

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              June 17, 2014 11:30 PM

              They just added Minish Cap to Wii U. I wish they'd do this for A Link Between Worlds and the others.

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      June 17, 2014 8:30 AM

      Hey is that EA I see running over here? Or maybe its Activision or maybe even Ubisoft.

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        June 17, 2014 8:43 AM

        Yeah, this is the sad part. Anything remaining of Capcom's identity will be washed away if one of the big guys pruchase it.

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          June 17, 2014 9:21 AM

          I'd be surprised if it doesn't end up going to one of the Japanese big boys, if they do even sell.

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          June 17, 2014 3:05 PM

          God forbid some new life get breathed into these old franchises, and worst of all by someone with the money to back them.

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        June 17, 2014 10:19 AM

        I know this is going to surprise you guys, but I'd like to see EA take them.

        The recent stuff with Mythic (and Sim City) is a result of EA actively trying to pull back from over-managing their studios. After DragonAge 2 and The Old Republic, they let their dev teams have much more freedom. Unfortunately, Maxis lied to EA about their readiness (and what SimCity would be) and Mythic pulled the same bullshit with Dungeon Keeper.

        EA decided to take the blame for it instead of admit they haven't been managing their studios with a much looser reign.

        So, I'd like to see the new EA give Capcom the funding a little better direction to their releases... provided they don't force the Capcom fighting games to be Origin-exclusives and let them continue to use Steam matchmaking.

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          June 17, 2014 10:20 AM

          Capcom the funding a little better direction -> Capcom the funding from a big publisher and better direction/focus for their releases.

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      June 17, 2014 9:53 AM

      for some reason i always think of capcom as being one of the bigger japanese publishers since they seem to be okay at making games people like, but looking at it, it seems like they're MUCH smaller when it comes to revenue than both Konami (who barely put out any good games anymore) and Bandai-Namco.

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      June 17, 2014 3:10 PM

      Others have already said it, but I also really want Nintendo to snag these guys.

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