The Gaming Community Reacts To Yoshinori Ono Leaving Capcom

The longtime producer and face of the Street Fighter series was met with thanks and well wishes from fans, developers, and media members alike after announcing his plans to depart Capcom.

August 10, 2020

On Sunday, Yoshinori Ono revealed that he will be leaving Capcom after nearly 30 years, marking what many consider to be the end of an era for both the company and fighting games at large.

The longtime producer has been the public face of the Street Fighter games for well over a decade, playing a major role in shaping the direction of the series while regularly interacting with the fighting game community through events, tournaments, and conventions.

“I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times,” Ono wrote in statement posted on Twitter. “My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew liveliness.


“And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom’s various titles including Street Fighter.”

As Ono mentioned, his run has seen plenty of good (Street Fighter IV revitalized the fighting game genre when it released in 2008 and Street Fighter V continues to be a well-supported staple of the FGC)  and plenty of bad (Street Fighter V has its list of issues and games like Street Fighter X Tekken and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite completely missed the mark).

But he left a remarkable impact on Capcom, the FGC, and video games as a whole. And that’s undeniable.

Ono’s announcement was met with tributes, thanks, and well wishes from fans, developers, and media members alike. Here’s just a small collection of them:

Thank you, Ono-san.


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