There is a new rumour in town and it’s a biggie, apparently according to the local forums and some emails I have received from retailers Ster Kinekor Gaming has recently lost the rights to distribute the Capcom games in South Africa.
This has the instantaneous effect of causing mass panic as this means we may not be seeing Resident Evil 5 on release date.
While I haven’t received any press releases confirming this yet it does seem like it is the case. So what now for local gamers?
Well I am sure the other distributors are scrambling over themselves to get the licence as Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter are both sure to be major blockbusters so it looks like it will be a profitable licence this year.
The usual suspects standing in line would be Megarom, Mi DIgital and The Core Group. However there have also been some rumours suggesting that Nu Metro are planning on re-entering the market in a big way and this could help them achieve that.
Other ideas are that Capcom would create a local presence themselves but this doesn’t seem likely and the worst option of the lot is that they just won’t release games in South Africa.. again a highly unlikely option.
I have sent out the obligatory emails for comment but seeing that’s it the weekend I don’t expect a response anytime soon.
Good luck to the bidding companies and our thoughts are with SK at this time, hopefully this doesn’t have any adverse affect on their staff contingency.
Last Updated: January 31, 2009