Inafune Displeased with Capcom’s Management

Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man and Dead Rising series, isn’t afraid to speak up when something is wrong. Over the last two years, he has been fairly open about how he thinks Japanese developers are falling behind Western developers, and has been working to get Capcom on the same page as Western developers.

Now, despite being one of the top developers over at Capcom, Inafune has revealed in an interview with New York Times that there is a bit of tension between him and Capcom’s higher-ups.

I want to make games that travel overseas, but Capcom hasn’t taken globalization seriously. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.

I’ve been fighting for many years now to change these things one by one. But the business side is resisting change. They think developers are stupid and don’t understand business. That’s why I can’t be on the board of directors.

While many Japanese companies are struggling, Nintendo still remains on top. Inafune believes there is one key difference between the two companies.

At Nintendo, 80 percent of the board is from development. At Capcom, it’s zero. All the business side cares about is protecting their own interests.

I’m sure Capcom isn’t exactly pleased with what Inafune said. With a comment like that, we have to wonder if he is considering parting ways with Capcom. And while others at Capcom definitely have talent, they would be losing a big player in their company.

(Via: Siliconera)

3 thoughts on “Inafune Displeased with Capcom’s Management”

    1. You do realize that Inafune is fighting for more localizations right? He’s one of the few people in Japan taking up the fight for us. If it weren’t for people like him thinking of more than just Japan, we’d still be getting heaping piles of crap like Street Combat on a regular basis.

  1. Says something for his clout that he’s been talking like this for two years and he’s still a major player. But he’s right. This is the problem in many companies. The business is completely run by the people educated in business. Those people, I’ll call them “Business People” for simplicity, are absolutly vital to the survival of a company. But equally important are those who know what the business is about.

    If you run a retail chain you need people in higher managment who know about puchasing, sales, demand forcasting, salesfloor planning, and how to keep your employee turnover down (it ain’t cheap to replace people, and then they need time to learn what they’re doing).

    If you run a cellular company you need people in higher management who understand technology, R&D, and customer retention.

    If you run a video game company you need people WHO MAKE VIDEO GAMES as part of your upper managment. To do otherwise would be… well we all know about the Philip’s CD-i.

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