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Capcom profits grew astronomically in the last 10 years

Capcom's latest integrated report shows just how much it has grown in the last two decades, with 200% 10-year profit growth.

Published Fri, Oct 29 2021 5:29 PM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Nov 25 2021 9:04 AM CST

Capcom's latest integrated report shows just how much the company has grown over the last two decades.

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Capcom's digital business plan is paying off big. The digital model has led to eight consecutive years of operating profit growth driven by efforts like expansion into emerging worldwide markets, bringing games to the digital-focused PC platform, timed sales, and more engagement-driven experiences in its games.

The company's recent metrics speak volumes and clearly illustrate just how much Capcom has grown over the years, and it's all because of its forward-thinking adaptation to growing markets. Capcom has embraced worldwide expansion in a way that sees its games being carried to non-traditional markets in an effort to maximize sales reach. The plan is working very well.

First lets take a look at operating income over the past 20 years. Fiscal Year 2020 set a new all-time operating income record with 34.59 billion yen thanks to Capcom's business plan.

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Pillars of Capcom's digital business plan

  • Digital game sales
  • Strategic discounts on games that have already amortized development costs
  • Delivering specific experiences to regional markets--Capcom has four major branches in Japan, Asia, North America, and Europe
  • Expansion to PC
  • Regional pricing models based on specific worldwide markets

With this digital model, Capcom has ambitions to sell 100 million games every year. The more realistic goal is around 50 million, its CEO says, and through this year it expects to sell 32 million copies. Again, this is due to the multi-pronged approach of game sales, discounts, and digital platforms that make games available to over 200 countries worldwide. The idea is to make Capcom's games pretty much available to every country.

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Capcom's 10-year profit growth is also staggering. Profits have grown by over 221% from 7.75bn in 2011 to a staggering 24.92bn 2021. This represents a CAGR of 12.4%.

So where does Capcom go from here? Up and up. The company is doubling-down on its digital efforts and sees new growth opportunities in platforms like cloud, subscription, mobile gaming, and esports. But make no mistake: most of its efforts are focused on delivering high-quality, premium games across consoles and PC.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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