Theorizing over potential and real acquisition deals remains top of mind in the games industry, thanks in no small part to Microsoft’s pending buyout of Activision Blizzard. It’s easy to forget that not every large gaming publisher is looking to get acquired in the first place. Capcom, for one, recently noted that its active strategy is to remain independent, even though it’s open to more collaborative projects should the opportunity arise.
In a Bloomberg interview with Capcom, COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto explained: “I would gracefully decline the [acquisition] offer because I believe it would be better if we were equal partners.”
Though Bloomberg’s question posed reference to turning away Microsoft, specifically, it is curious that Tsujimoto didn’t necessarily single out the tech giant. Instead, the COO spoke broadly in his commentary. In other words, a Sony acquisition is equally out of the picture from the looks of it.
Capcom isn’t for sale, says COO
As one of the most popular and widely acclaimed gaming companies in the industry right now, Capcom enjoys a position of prestige in most respects. With Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and Street Fighter franchises in tow – just to list a few – Capcom has been riding a high for years now. The company’s success doesn’t seem likely to wane anytime soon, either, with titles such as Dragon’s Dogma 2 already on the horizon.
If there’s any major publisher poised to tell Microsoft no, then, Capcom is seemingly the one. Perhaps that’s good news for fans of Capcom’s output over the last several years. The company was able to not only find its footing but also maintained quality output over numerous releases. Having an umbrella third party meddling in things could dampen that success in some way, shape, or form. And from Tsujimoto’s comments, it seems he feels the same way, too.