Would Square Enix be better off if they were split up ?
The value of SE now is less than the what the value of Squaresoft was when it went bankrupt.
This is from Kotaku: "With Square Enix posting losses in its latest earnings, former Square Co. boss Hisashi Suzuki thought this would be good a time as any to kick the company while it is down.
Via Twitter, Suzuki didn't hold back, claiming that the total value of publicly traded stock is not higher than it was before Square joined with Enix. According to Suzuki, "The merger was a complete failure. There's no vision for the future." He ended his tweet by pointing to Square Enix's recent losses, adding that development costs were heavy."
Heres What I think are the benefits if Square and Enix became separate again:
3. More competition. As the cow racers will tell you, when they have 1 cow, its harder to get the job done. When they have 2, its easier. More competition means higher quality, and more attention to what customers want.
2. Smaller teams means more creative and innovative games, less management and red tape problems. I once read an interview where Sakaguchi himself said that Square Enix's problems happen because the development teams are too large, the creators have less chance to do what they want. Most developers would probably agree with him on that. People have more fear of getting fired in a big team than a small one where people know each other very well. From wikipedia: "Independence is another advantage of owning a small business. One survey of small business owners showed that 38% of those who left their jobs at other companies said their main reason for leaving was that they wanted to be their own bosses. Freedom to operate independently is a reward for small business owners. In addition, many people desire to make their own decisions, take their own risks, and reap the rewards of their efforts. Small business owners have the satisfaction of making their own decisions within the constraints imposed by economic and other environmental factors"
1. Customer focused/market focused: as many Square Enix fans will tell you. One of the problems with them these days is that they don't listen to their fans. Fans want KH3, they give us spin offs, fans want FF 7 remake, and FFvs 13, they give us FF13-2. In order to survive, most small businesses must adopt a narrow market focus. In doing so,they can develop a premium reputation for serving that narrow market. That was Squaresoft and Enix's biggest qualities, they stuck to their customers.
So what is your opinion?