In an interview with Bloomberg, Capcom’s Chief Operating Officer, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, responded to questions regarding a potential bid by Microsoft to integrate Capcom into its corporate portfolio. Tsujimoto conveyed, “I would gracefully decline the offer because I believe it would be better if we were equal partners.”
Tsujimoto also shared his perspective on the broader landscape of acquisitions within the industry. He emphasized Capcom’s preference for organic growth instead of acquiring other entities. The company places significant value on cultivating and nurturing talent internally to facilitate its growth strategies. While Capcom remains open to collaboration with external partners, it affirms its commitment to maintaining independence and refrains from pursuing acquisitions.
Tsujimoto referred to a previous instance when Capcom attracted attention as a potential acquisition target. While he didn’t further specify what occasion he was referring to, this reminded the Saudi government’s investment of a 5% stake in Capcom last year.
Capcom’s stance toward acquisitions doesn’t seem to be rare among Japanese game companies. Earlier this year, Sega’s Chief Operating Officer, Shuji Utsumi, stated that Sega had no intentions of being acquired. The game industry periodically witnesses speculation surrounding potential acquisitions, such as recent reports of Microsoft exploring the possibility of acquiring Nintendo. However, these possibilities rarely come to fruition, as the complexities and challenges often deter such transactions.