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    Interview with the head of SEGA

    http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,441963,00.html



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    So what's SEGA up to these days? After the Dreamcast flopped, it got quiet around the japanese company. By now they are attempting a comeback as a videogame publisher. Hajime Satomi, 64, the company's head and billionaire talked to SPIEGEL ONLINE about his expansion plans and his own game experiences.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr Satomi, different from competitors like Ubisoft, Activision and most of all Electronic Arts did SEGA have almost no smash hits in the videogame charts recently. One could get the impression that your brand's best times are over.

    SATOMI: They are still ahead of us. We want to be the no.3 among the game publishers on the world wide market by 2010. If things go bad, we'd be happy with rank 5.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: But - how is that supposed to be possible?

    SATOMI: Today, we are already no.8 worldwide. Our competitors on rank 3, 4 or 5 really aren't all that far apart from each other. We can do it. Overwhelmingly strong is only Electronic Arts. Just let me say it this way: In the longterm, we want to get close enough so that we can see their back right in front of us.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: That seems hardly possible just with a steady stream of reincarnations of your classic "Sonic The Hedgehog".

    SATOMI: We're trying a dual path: On the one had do we put a lot of energy into the development of new, proprietary franchises and accept low profit margins due to the costs. On the other hand did we focus on expanding by buying the right developers. Just last april did we purchase studios like Sports Interactive and Secret Level.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: And because your own growth isn't fast enough you focus on such costly buyouts?

    SATOMI: We don't buy just to bloat our numbers - both sides have to suit each other. Like with Creative Assembly from England which we bought in the spring of 2005. We constantly watch the markets for such opportunities.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: You also risk paying larger sums even though SEGA only reported losses for years?

    SATOMI: SEGA did have a very difficult time bevor we fusioned the company with the arcade machine manufacturer Sammy in 2004. In the fiscal year until March 2006 did it finally achieve a profit again. And we have a strong cashflow thanks to Sammy which also helps SEGA. Depending on the size of our goal could we pay a low but also a 2 digit-billion-Yen amount for a takeover.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: Sega always was something like the Disney of videogames with titles like "Sonic" and "Virtua Tennis". Now you're also offering more violent content with "Yakuza" or "Condemmed". Aren't you jeopardizinge your family-friendly image with this?

    SATOMI: Up to now, we indeed foremost had kids as customers. Though, we also want to serve to different demographics. Only that way will we be able to dramatically grow our revenue in America and Europe by 2010. We believe that customers are well able to differentiate between our lines of product.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: SEGA has so far been focused on games for consoles and the PC. For mobilephones however, there are only few titles available - like an incarnation of "Sonic the Hedgehog". Will and can it stay that way?

    SATOMI: The revenue we achieve with mobile games will eventually surpass what we achieve with console games - inevitable. It could be in 5 years or maybe in 10. In the industrialized countries, in Europe, USA and Japan, the console market is going to develope much slower than before. It's a developement we discuss on a regular basis. That doesn't mean that development for consoles and PCs will become unimportant - we see huge potential in Russia, India and China for instance.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: Well, do you carry a cellphone in your suit pocket right now Mr Satomi?

    SATOMI: Of course (pulls a white sony ericsson cellphone out of his pocket). It's only rented though since my japanese one doesn't work here in germany.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: So, did you ever try to play games on this or other mobile phones?

    SATOMI: Only a few times. I don't ride trains much and prefer to go by car - when am I supposed to play then? All in all, I don't game as passionately anymore compared to when I was younger.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: The head of SEGA doesn't like to game?

    SATOMI: I do have all the important consoles at home, of course, but I don't really play games for leisure anymore. They are getting more and more difficult after all! I get games presented to me because of my job when we or our competitors release important games.

    SPIEGEL ONLINE: SEGA produced their own console up to 2001 - now you are publishing software for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. Does it affect your company negatively that the PLAYSTATION 3(c)(TM) has been delayed my multiple months in Europe?

    SATOMI: It will have a negative effect on our revenue in Europe. We have to step up the pace to keep it as small as possible.

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    SPIEGEL ONLINE: And because your own growth isn't fast enough you focus on such costly buyouts?

    SATOMI: We don't buy just to bloat our numbers - both sides have to suit each other. Like with Creative Assembly from England which we bought in the spring of 2005. We constantly watch the markets for such opportunities.
    That is a great question for all the developers really and i'm glad somebody finally asked it.

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    Sega isn't dying. But that guy has a nice hair-dying.

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    Spiegel Online seemed a little overly zealous in their muckracking there, but I'd agree that Sega has been spiraling downwards for ages. End in sight? Yeah, unless they really shape up their act soon.

    And...since when has Sega been for kids?

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    Good interview.
    That´s what I like about Der Spiegel. They ask painfull questions. Too bad the interview was so short...
    I´m surprised that Satomi answered so honestly. But I´m not seeing Sega comi9ng back to the top unless they produce some high quality software in the future. To many of the newer Sega titles are mediocre.

    And...since when has Sega been for kids?
    The whole Genesis does what Nintendon´t and violence = Genny only was not so much existent in Europe, so they don´t have an adult reputation here. Their popular brands are Sonic, Virtua Tennis, Shinobi and stuff, all suitable for kids. Sega is not id software after all...
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    I don´t know the situation in other European countries but in Spain Sega had a more adult image than Nintendo. Mega Drive games were more violent, darker and serious than most of the Super Nintendo games. Sega was more for teenagers and young adults.

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    Sega have been dying since the Saturn (maybe even before with the 32X and Mega CD although there were no rivals to the 16-bit consoles to chew into profits).


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    Nintendo is a far more kiddie company than Sega has ever been, I think. In Shinobi you MURDER many people throughout the game. And Altered Beast deals with zombies, something Nintendo is afraid of. In Golden Axe you violently slash individuals OVER and OVER until they are dead. Getting cut like that is NOT fun and hurts a great deal. In Super Monaco GP you can drive your car into the flag guy and he goes flying high into the air, only to meet his grisly doom when he lands.

    And since when has Sega been known for Virtua Tennis. I always thought of that game as a teeny tiny speck on the map of Sega games. It's barely even a decent speck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Redifer
    In Super Monaco GP you can drive your car into the flag guy and he goes flying high into the air, only to meet his grisly doom when he lands.
    As a kid I used to love doing that.


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    With Sega... there are no limits!
    The smell of scorched oil hangs in the air as a premonition of danger, while the engine gloriously shouts its war cry...

    Throughout history, suspicion has always bred conflict. The real conflict, though, resides in people's hearts. This conflict has just begun.

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    Sega is the heroin addict of video games: slowly killing itself. Once proud and successful, it's now a shadow of its former self. People look at it and think "I remember when Sega was SOMEBODY."

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    I remember when Sega was somebody.

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    Of course SEGA aren't dying.

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    Okay, granted, Sega was not as family-friendly as Nintendo, but in the old 16-Bit days most of their own titles were not very violent too.

    Golden Axe was banned here in Germany quickly, so the general public never really noticed it´s existence, and things like Streets of Rage were so common since Atari 2600 days nobody cared about them being violent as long as no blood was shed. The really violent titles were mostly third party titles, and many of them like Splatterhouse or Jungle Strike never saw a German release at all. Since Spiegel is a German magazine, the interviewer must have been referring to what he has experiences himself I guess.
    Somehow I still associate bright friendly colours with Sega myself...

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    Is Germany afraid games like Golden Axe will create a whole bunch of new Hitlers?

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