Game Market Expanding More Rapidly than Anticipated
The global game market continues to grow beyond previous market forecasts and is expected to exceed 100 billion dollars in 2017. The market is becoming increasingly active, as each new generation of major home video game consoles drive unit sales higher amid the launch of virtual reality (VR) games in 2016.
Mobile content markets mainly in Asia and developing countries are expanding beyond the scale of the game console market.
Going forward, the game market is expected to continue growing, expanding to nearly 200 countries worldwide through various devices used for gaming.
Massive Online Growth Potential
The Asian region is a massive market valued at 30 billion dollars, and boasts a 54% global share of the online game market utilizing smartphones and PCs. In the past, a market could not be established in the Asian region as it was plagued by issues such as pirated games. The ability to authenticate online game purchases and the spread of smartphones coupled with a great number of potential users, including the world’s largest population of 1.3 billion people in China, caused the region to grow rapidly into a major market.
Driven by PC online games for core users and mobile games for casual users, this market is forecast to continue growing significantly.
Human Resource Capabilities Creating Content Popular Throughout the World
Personnel costs comprise approximately 80% of game software development costs, thus investment in people is indispensable to maintain a competitive edge. To increase quality and accumulate expertise, Capcom is engaged in strengthening internal development and plans to expand its development structure to 2,500 employees, one of the largest in Japan, in fiscal 2021. To this end, Capcom is hiring a wide range of people without regard for nationality or gender to secure human resources necessary for developing content popular throughout the world.
Furthermore, in 2016 Capcom commenced operations at its new R&D facility incorporating world-class development equipment and technologies.
Reforms Aimed at Transparent Decision-Making and Heightened Reliability
Capcom believes strong governance is indispensable for enhancing corporate value. Thus, we invite experts with the highest level of acumen in their respective areas of specialization to serve as external directors who provide Capcom with opinions, advice and checks that increase Board of Director transparency and reliability. They also enhance dialogues with analysts and investors in an attempt to strengthen management monitoring functions. Currently, external directors comprise 50% of the Board of Directors.
Also, in June 2016, Capcom made significant changes to its corporate governance organizational design to increase corporate value and control risks in accordance with the promotion of growth strategies, establishing a structure to strengthen a wide range of monitoring functions in overall management.
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