The biggest thing when it comes to motivating developers working in a creative field such as games is access to an environment that allows them to make their visions a reality. Capcom maintains a cutting-edge development environment that includes 3D scanners, a motion capture studio, a dynamic sound mixing stage, and a Foley stage. In this way, we support our creators in fulfilling their vision.
Given the desire to quickly improve the issue of long day care waiting lists accompanying a lack of preschools, Capcom’s top management set its sights on the future and wanted to provide an environment in which employees can raise their children with peace of mind while remaining employed over the long term. We operate Capcom Juku, aiming to add individual education and growth to standard day care for children.
Capcom Juku goes beyond caring for infants and preschool children and accepts a wide range of youth, including after-school kindergarten and elementary school students. This helps employees avoid the stress of not being able to find open facilities for their children. Furthermore, by offering educational support in the form of a place for learning English, eurhythmics, math, science, and other subjects, Capcom Juku joins its efforts with employees and fosters the growth of children. Currently, as of March 31, 2020, the school takes care of 25 children a month and accepts as many as 25 temporary pupils a month.
In the future, we will create a learning atmosphere at Capcom Juku that stimulates and broadens children’s curiosity, while also striving for an environment where parents can work with peace of mind so that both they and their families can lead fulfilling lives.
Out of consideration for their health and safety, we asked our shareholders to refrain from physically attending the 41st Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, held in June 2020. Instead, we introduced a hybrid virtual shareholder meeting that enabled remote participation via the Internet. Including those that participated online, the number of participants was on par with the previous year, but only 53 came to the venue (as opposed to 139 the previous year), preventing close contact.
Since 2014, Capcom had been holding the Capcom Pro Tour, an annual series of Street Fighter tournaments, but in 2020 we took it fully online to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among both players and commentators. Moreover, by streaming the competition online via a dedicated channel, we have made it possible for anyone to watch from anywhere.
Online esports competition.Players and commentators participate from home.
Additionally, in response to the spread of COVID-19, we gradually implemented reduced hours of operations and temporary closures at our amusement facilities beginning in March 2020. After the state of emergency in Japan was lifted in May, we gradually resumed operations, but we are working to prevent the spread of the virus at our arcades by ensuring thorough health management on the part of employees and promoting social distancing.
Poster at amusement facility
In May 2020, we carried out a campaign called "Let’s Stay at Home" to provide fun activities for time spent at home. As part of the campaign, we distributed line drawings of popular characters for coloring in, virtual backgrounds for online meetings and released a recipe video for meals appearing in our games.
Line drawing of popular characters for coloring in
Starting from the end of January 2020, we have been implementing the measures below to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
|Face masks required, Company distributes one mask per day||January 30, 2020|
|COVID-19 Response Office established||January 31, 2020|
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|In principle, all employees asked to work from home and stay at home||April 13, 2020|
|Began checking body temperature via non-contact kiosks and ensuring that masks are being worn upon entry to the office||July 13, 2020|
As of the end of May 2020, these actions were relaxed in areas where the state of emergency was lifted in preparation for a return to normal operations. We have resumed operations while maintaining staggered work hours and ensuring social distancing within the office, but we continue to work on preventing the spread of the virus by working in shifts and allowing employees to work from home.