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Capcom targets China for online growth

Publisher to extend big franchises to capture lucrative online market?

Capcom plans to break into the Chinese and Korean online market by adapting some of its biggest franchises for online play.

With only a small online market in Japan, the company could continue to expand into foreign markets - yesterday's financial results revealed that some of its biggest titles including Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, performed better in overseas markets than in Japan.

"Online games are played only by a certain group of users in Japan," commented Capcom's CFO Kazuhiko Abe to Reuters at the Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in Tokyo.

"It would be an attractive step to modify some of our big-name titles that were originally developed for consoles into online use, and launch them in big markets like South Korea and China."

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.