Capcom shareholders open company up to takeover possibility

GS: Today, Capcom announced that at its most recent investor meeting, its shareholders voted to end the company's takeover defense -- which means that Capcom could now be acquired if a company buys up large amounts of its stock.

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Majin-vegeta1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

If someone were to do this does that mean their IP'S would be exclusive to that company??Lets Say Sony bought.Would thy have control over the IP'S?

@Below Oh ok.

Wow,who ever would get a hold of them would be a big time help especially considering they own SF.And they could revive some other franchises VJ,Dino Crisis,Onimusha etc..

NYC_Gamer1583d ago

Yes,who ever bought up the shares would control Capcom.

guitarded771583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

Doesn't necessarily mean the IP's would become "exclusive". Say one of the big 3 hardware manufacturers did buy CAPCOM (which will NOT happen), they can and probably would choose to keep CAPCOM separate for their company, and let it operate neutrally. There is too much money spread across the consoles and PC to make CAPCOM games console specific.

Personally, I can't think of one current company that I think would be a good match for CAPCOM. Maybe ATLUS, but they don't have that kind of money.

No91583d ago

Didn't Sega recently buy Atlus?

choujij1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Act now, Nintendo. It's time to tap into that bank.

@No9, Yes they did. I don't understand how, but they did. One minute they're laying off people. the next they're buying Atlus.

darthv721582d ago

there were 2 Capcom vs SNK games and only 1 SNK vs Capcom (SvC Chaos). Id love to see the two pair up to make another quality fighting game in the series.

Mix capcom fighting evolution with neo geo battle coliseum.

Madock1582d ago

Nintendo, come on
U said u wanted a take over & here we r!!

aCasualGamer1582d ago

Two of my favorite IP's from japanese developers, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, are in threat of creative shift.... in other words, i'm positive about these news.

Capcom has destroyed both RE franchise and DMC at the same time.

Hopefully someone buys Capcom and puts a cork in whomever was responsible for the creative shifts in RE and DMC.

LOL_WUT1582d ago

Yep Nintendo should definitely take over it would be huge gain for them very exciting indeed ;)

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truefan11583d ago

Capcom, Welcome to Microsoft!!

Magicite1583d ago

They would rather choose DEATH!

Clogmaster1583d ago

You must be diseased in the mind or something.

Western take on Eastern concepts = the disgrace known as DmC.

There's a reason why East and West should stay separated.

Shinox1583d ago

If blind fanboys like you wish Capcom to partner with M$ its like asking a major company to dig their own grave , its either Sony ( or maybe Nintendo ) has the opportunity to teach Capcom a lesson on how to make good games , M$ is the reason why Capcom greed and arrogance becomes unstable since the last generation and for that no one shall wish them to go to that side again EVER

DarkZane1583d ago

MS buying capcom is impossible. Outsiders can't buy japanese companies, it's a rule there. Sony or Nintendo are the only ones of the big 3 who could buy it if they wanted and if they had the money.

xx4xx1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

While I don't think it's likely, it would be interesting if Microsoft went after them.

It would only help Microsoft in the western markets while obviously giving them huge major exclusives.

It also isn't that far fetched since Capcom was reportedly very pleased with Dead Rising 3 and how Microsoft worked with them. Capcom was also looking more eastern in the same way Microsoft wants to crank into the western markets.

Lastly, if not Microsoft, who? Amazon?
Sony? Sony would be more surprising than Microsoft given Sony's current corporate financial shape. Nintendo? Their current Wii is hurting business.... could be the boost they need or it may be too step at this time for them.

All that said....I doubt much will happen.

Sevir1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

They'd have to control more than 50% of Capcom's Shares for a take over to happen. And quite frankly that wouldn't happen. If MS, Sony or Nintendo bought Capcom it would be the worst investment possible since they are way too large to spin any kind of profit, Capcom already makes money from selling games on platforms, PC, PS3, PS4, XBO, XB360, Wii U, 3DS and PSVita, Mobile phones... Having all those studios make games for One Platform would emilimate 70% of the profits making such an acquisition very silly and from a business stand point would be highly unsustainable, especially since a large portion of capcom's profits come from Mobile and handhelds...

MS's W8 platform is barely profitable let alone worthy of any traction when Android and iOS run the gamut. 90% of that software wouldn't make sense on the W8 platform let alone for the Xbox brand when the don't have traction I'm Japan or even a handheld that can go toe to toe with Ninth and Sony.

Of all the 3, Sony would probably benefit the most since they support Android, they have 3 profitable platforms and have a presence in Japan and also have a studio that makes games for PC. It would still be an unprofitable acquisition, but they have more resources as a multimedia company.

Neither of these platform holders should ever even think about buying a mega publisher/3rd party company like Capcom or Konami. Its insanely stupid.

k3rn3ll1582d ago

It is not impossible for a western company to buy a japanese. And a share sale is one of the easiest ways to do it.

SpideySpeakz1582d ago

Naah, I prefer Sony or Nintendo. They have a better track record for 1st party games. MS isn't fit for 1st party commitment. Rare is a PRIME example.

Mystogan1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

I'm a MS fanboy but I'd rather have them buy Square Enix or something.

They have too many lame IP's.

If they do happen to buy them.

First thing they'll need to do is sell of their fighter division.(street fighter, Marvel V Capcom etc.), keep some of the talent to work on Killer Instinct.

Keep all the interesting IP's Like Dragon's Dogma, Monster Hunter, Dead Rising, Lost Planet, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. Invest big money in them and let them live to their potential. And also bring back MegaMan.

The games should be on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox. No way they're gonna put them on PS4.


To Those saying MS can't buy Capcom because they're a Japanese company... That is simply not true..

spacecat50501582d ago

It would make sense for MS to buy capcom. They want a foot hold in Japan, this is the best way to do it.

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-Foxtrot1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

I'd rather there IP's just got separated from them and giving to separate companies

If we take the big three for example

Sony - Resident Evil, DMC...maybe Dino Crises

Microsoft - Dead Rising, Lost Planet

Nintendo - Monster Hunter, Megaman

Street Fighter....up for grabs

HUMDANGUR1582d ago

power stone , okami , and rival schools/ project justice ,

ThatArtGuy1582d ago

Mega Man should go to Comcept.

breakpad1582d ago

Monster hunter belong to Sony as most of the others Ips ...ok shitty Dead rising let MS got it

ZombieKiller1582d ago


-Shit wrong monster hunting game....but you get the point. I would love that if it happened.

breakpad1582d ago

i thought the same thing Sony must take the chance and get 2 successfull Ips ..MOnster hunter and Dragons Dogma

ZombieKiller1581d ago

Lol @ disagrees. Soo.....I wouldn't love it if Sony bought Capcom? ok! Didn't know some people knew me better than I did....

Kidmyst1582d ago

I'd love to see a new Onimusha. Loved those games

ZombieKiller1581d ago

I agree, that was the ONLY series that didn't make it to PS3 that I loved on PS2, all the other ones came over. Damn, I would even settle for an HD remix at this point.

XxExacutionerxX1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Microsoft, please buy Capcom.... that would be a great move for the company

Do not go to Sony or Nintendo, that would be a horrible move. I don't care want you sony fanboys think.

Microsoft would save Capcom, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, Dead Rising 3 and Resident Evil would become bigger hits under Microsoft

Majin-vegeta1582d ago

Lol no.MS would kill those franchises.We already saw what they did to Conker,Banjo etc..

XxExacutionerxX1581d ago

Microsoft is bring back old franchises, did you watch E3 or seen K1 season one.

sinspirit1578d ago

Killer Instinct: S1? Lol.. Everyone knows of it. No one talks about it anymore; that's why they decided to rerelease it as KI: S2 and will do so every year to try to gain popularity.

Microsoft has already tried bringing back old franchises and they flopped. Don't claim they're bringing back old franchises like it means they're going to be great just because Microsoft is involved.

Microsoft needlessly milks franchises as it is. If they milked Capcom franchises even more than Capcom already has then it would destroy all of Capcom's fans opinions. Rare used to be great and people looked up to them in the gaming industry. Now it's nothing but a random projects team because Microsoft can't find any source of creativity or vision when it comes to games.

Nintendo and Sony both fit together with Capcom very well. Japanese companies that grew together for the past couple decades that share many of the same fans. If Microsoft bought them then Japanese gamers would be in an uproar.

Also, I've heard that there are regulations that prevent western corporations from buying out Eastern business. So, if that's true then Microsoft has no chance at it.

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Godmars2901583d ago

If anyone has to buy them, I'd rather it be Nintendo. Otherwise its going to be MS or EA, my least choices.

BitbyDeath1583d ago

Nintendo would be a good match... IMO

TekoIie1582d ago

The more I think about it the more I like the idea of Nintendo being in control of Mega Man, Ace Attorney, Okami and Monster Hunter.

Deadpool6161583d ago

Well there's BandaiNamco and there's TecmoKoei. Maybe...KonamiCapcom?

NovusTerminus1582d ago

Or Square Enix Capcom...

But I think Tecmo Koei would be best, they listen to their fans allot.

UltraNova1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Just like Square does?

Recently, anything Square touches turns to shit...stinking shit..

I would prefer someone neutral bought them out. Certainly not Activation and EA though!

showtimefolks1582d ago

MS can't buy capcom a Japanese company can only buy it, meaning nintendo or sony

mrpsychoticstalker1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

That's all about to change, MICROSOFT already in talks with them.

Welcome to Microsoft Capcom!

ghostface91582d ago

might be the dumbest thing I have ever heard

k3rn3ll1582d ago

this isnt true. check your facts before you all start babbling

XiYakushijuAkeginuXi1583d ago

The worst thing in the world...

EA buys Capcom

That would totally destroy Capcom

XiSasukeUchiha1583d ago

Wouldn't that be a good thing since the two worst companies in gaming can both destroy each other out or going to get takeover like MS per say !

XiYakushijuAkeginuXi1583d ago

Actually, you are very right and smart for saying that!

XiNarutoUzumaki1583d ago


Bubble up my fellow Ninja

ritsuka6661583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

I prefer EA instead crapcom. Anyways,I hope Nintendo doesn't miss this golden opportunity!

pompombrum1583d ago

Capcom have came damn close to destroying themselves. I dislike EA as much as anyone but they couldn't actually do much worse at this point. As long as there is money to be had, EA will at least do what is right for franchises.

AnotherProGamer1583d ago

no the real worst thing is if Zynga buys them

HUMDANGUR1582d ago

rovio *puts gun to head *

TXIDarkAvenger1582d ago

Implying Capcom isn't shit already. R.I.P Megaman.

Mikeyy1582d ago

Dude is having a total conversation with himself. ..

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ats19921583d ago

If this happens it will be a third party developer that buys the shares more than likely.

ZoidsRaven1583d ago

Nintendo...... You F'd up letting Atlus get away, don't let the same happen with Capcom. 7_7

Vegamyster1583d ago

Megaman made by Retro Studios would be awesome.

ZoidsRaven1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

Indee, it would be.
That would definitely get me hyped.

@dudebro90: Who, Nintendo or Atlus?

WPX1582d ago

Megaman Legends Prime...

lol couldn't resist. not a bad idea btw.

Dudebro901583d ago

You mean that company that barely produces a profit?

Fel081582d ago

Nintendo got more money than Sony at the moment. Sony could not afford it, Nintendo in the other hand, can.

Dudebro901581d ago

I was talking about Atlus there champ.

Quickstrike1583d ago

Nintendo had no business purchasing Atlas. I'm generally happy that SEGA bought them to let them continue business as usual.

BitbyDeath1583d ago

Maybe Sega can buy Capcom as well and then make a new console!

BVFTW1583d ago

Atlus shines as a multiplatform developer. Why will some of you ever wish to see some of its franchises exclusively tied to one platform, how many of you own shares on nintendo-sony-microsoft for god sake :S if you really love those games wouldn't you want them to reach as many gamers as possible?

ZoidsRaven1583d ago (Edited 1583d ago )

I'm glad for that too.
But I feel Nintendo should have made sure SOMETHING was done to insure that nothing bad would have happened to their unfinished game (Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem).
Not buying them was a gamble for Nintendo's game. I know you probably don't care, but it doesn't matter if you don't. That's the point of my post.

Dudebro90: If you're talking about Nintendo, you're deliberately ignoring the profits they made on their other products. The Wii U is not their only product

@BVFTW: I see your point, but you misunderstand. I just don't want anything bad to happen to Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem.