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Capcom Reportedly hit With Layoffs, Senior VP Christian Svensson Among Them (Update: Capcom Statement)

July 11, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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Update: Here’s the statement provided by Capcom:

Capcom today laid off several employees from the U.S. office as part of an overall organizational restructure of the company. The transition to the new generation of hardware and changing industry landscape have required us to adapt our business to best meet our new goals. We sincerely thank each individual for their contributions and wish them well.

Original Story: It’s definitely a little strange to hear that someone we featured just two days ago as part of a story has been laid off, but so is the case with Christian Svensson, Senior Vice President at Capcom.

He is part of a larger group of people let go as part of a reorganization at Capcom, with Svensson saying that he had volunteered to leave, while also posting the following message on his Facebook page (via Polygon):

“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.”

“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.”

It remains to be seen how much this will affect the Ask Capcom forums, where Sven was highly involved, but if any additional information pops up, we’ll be sure to tell you about it.