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Capcom pledges to hire 100 new developers every year

CEO aims to build a 'more powerful development workforce'

Capcom's CEO has committed to hiring 100 new developers every year in order to increase the company's strength.

In an open letter to shareholders, Kenzo Tsujimoto detailed his five-year plan to comprehensively review software development at Capcom.

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"I want to build a development framework that can put the right people in the right places," he explained. "This process will reflect an understanding of what consumers want and what types of products have become hits.

"From now on, I plan to hire at least 100 software developers every year to give us an even more powerful development workforce. Furthermore, I want to establish clear targets for these developers so they can help make Capcom even stronger."

According to Tsujimoto, "[Capcom's] goal is to further strengthen marketing strategies for (1) downloadable content, (2) mobile content, (3) online operations, and (4) brand contents."

He added that Capcom's recent releases have had varied success. "In the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2014, some of our businesses have performed well while others have been somewhat weak," he stated.

"For example, Monster Hunter 4 and our pachislo machines have been strong performers but our mobile contents business has not met our expectations."

In April last year Capcom announced that it was preparing for a company-wide restructure that would cost about £46 million ($76 million) and would lead to the cancellation of multiple unannounced games across the business.

In October, Capcom Europe confirmed it was planning a continental-wide restructure resulting in a halved workforce.

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