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Capcom loses defense against possible buy-outs

Could someone be planning to purchase Capcom?
Could someone be planning to purchase Capcom?
Photo courtesy of Capcom, used with permission

Capcom held an annual shareholder meeting recently, the contents of which were made public on June 16th. During this meeting, shareholders decided against renewing the company's Takeover Defense. Originally set in place back in 2008, this defense has prevented Capcom from being taken over by one company or entity, given the unlikely scenario where someone would attempt to purchase the majority of the developer's stocks.

Granted, the dismissal of this motion doesn't necessarily leave Capcom defenseless, but it does mean that the company may not have the backing of their shareholders, should someone try to take them over. With that said, the official report states that Capcom, in the event of a possible buy-out, “will react to make necessary measures within the admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations.” In addition, Capcom has stated that they will “ensure sufficient time for shareholders to examine the proposed large-scale purchase and reach a decision.” This sounds as though Capcom will fight any possible takeover, and that their shareholders could still bail them out of a dire situation, if they so choose. In the end, this report is just the latest in a long line of difficulties for the developer, who has been struggling financially over the past few years.

Those worried about the company's titles should note that, just because someone could potentially purchase Capcom, doesn't mean anyone will in the near-future. Buying 51% of the company's stocks would come with a rather lofty price tag, though it would guarantee exclusivity with some of gaming's biggest franchises. These intellectual properties include Resident Evil, Mega Man, Street Fighter, Ace Attorney (which has been exclusive to Nintendo in the past), and Monster Hunter.

We'll have more information regarding Capcom's financial situation once it becomes available. For now, fans shouldn't worry too much about the company's future, as it's too early to tell whether the denial of their Takeover Defense will have any sort of meaningful impact on Capcom's immediate plans.