It is now possible to buy Capcom as the publisher's current investors have voted to abandon the company's takeover protection plan. The protection plan was first implemented back in 2008 and has been consistently renewed since then, until now.
A rigorous approval process was put in place to stop any single entity from buying the majority of Capcom shares and gaining control of the company. Capcom released a statement today: “Despite of non-approval of Renewal of Takeover Defense at the 35th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Capcom will continue to focus on further preserving and enhancing corporate value and common interests of its shareholders.”
“If there is any large-scale purchaser of Capcom stock, we will react to make necessary measures within the admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations. In addition, we will react to take steps to ensure disclosure of the position of the board of directors and other information and that there is sufficient time for shareholders to examine the proposed large-scale purchase and reach a decision.”
So if any large company wants to buy Capcom, it could feasibly do so. However, whether or not anybody steps in to do that is a different matter.
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KitGuru Says: It would be interesting if Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft moved to buy the publisher. However, if that were to happen then franchises such as Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Devil May Cry could become exclusive to one platform.