Capcom is looking to hire experienced fighting game players that have achieved "excellent results" in a tournament, although that's not the only requirement
Game developer Capcom has a lot of great franchises under its belt such as Resident Evil and Monster Hunter. Many fans, however, are enamored with the company's experience of making great games like Street Fighter over the last three decades.
Now, Capcom is looking to add a new developer to its roster as a "battle planner," with a somewhat unusual requirement: applicants must have fought in fighting game tournaments and beat out a hefty chunk of their competition.
What Does A Battle Planner Do at Capcom?
ResetEra reported on the Capcom job listing and its unusual requirement for killer fighting game skills. That's not all that's required, mind — any applicants must have graduated from a university and have a measure of experience developing games, ideally in the fighting game genre.
The coveted "battle planner" job has previously been given to experienced tournament players. Back in 2015, Evo 2015's Guilty Gear finalist Ryuichi "Woshige" Shigeno was hired to help with Street Fighter 5's development.
A battle planner is a job of many hats. There will be, of course, some technical aspects of game development involved, but that's only a portion of the whole. Generally, a battle planner will also help guide a game's overall balance, occasionally interacting with the game's community to help keep the game on the right path. Many games with a competitive scene (such as Overwatch, for example) value the input of high-level players, but only a small subset of game developers actually hire these skilled gamers as employees.
Presumably, the new Capcom job will be focused on developing Street Fighter 6, a game that has reportedly been dealing with a troubled development process. It's also possible, of course, that the Japanese company is developing something entirely new.
For now, interested parties can apply to the Capcom job listing and cross their fingers. If you got the skills to pay the bills (and an university education), you might just get the job — although it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to be fluent in Japanese, too.
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