The Depature of Seth Killian

by Tristan Belgrave. 0 Comments

Back in the day, Seth Killian was a tourney player in the Fighting Game Community. He is the only tourney player out there who uses their right hand for using a joystick and the left hand for the buttons on an arcade stick. He joined Capcom a few years back and has been one of the pointmen for the company in terms of PR, events and tourneys for the FGC (Fighting Game Community).

Just recently, Seth Killian announced that he is leaving Capcom effective June 22, 2012. What's even more jarring is the fact that this is the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter and he is jumping ship before the festivities even start. Something is looking VERY suspect around here.

Myself included, the FGC was shocked to see him leave the company. However, he is not leaving the fighting game scene; just leaving Capcom.

The depature of Seth Killian is another major blow to Capcom and to their reputation. Yoshinori Ono, the producer of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter x Tekken, was recently had a series of health issues. Not only that, he is stepped aside from his position at Capcom.

Later on, hackers discovered that all of the downloadable content for Street Fighter x Tekken (including the 12 characters, costumes and gems) were already completed in already on the disc; forcing consumers to essentially pay for content that they already have.

More recently, Capcom stated that Street Fighter x Tekken sold 1.4 million units from their projected 2.0 million units; blaming the fighting game market as "oversaturated" for the poor sales performance of SFxT. Personally, it's very hard for to sympathize with Capcom considering that they released five fighting games in 2011 alone.

I don't know what the future holds for Capcom but they better turn it around or the consumers will turn their back on them. What a shame it would be too, Seth was a good guy who did a lot for the community. I wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

Seth's Goodbye - Shoryuken.com

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