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Capcom Co., Ltd.(株式会社カプコン, Kabushiki-gaisha Kapukon, TYO: 9697) is an international developer and publisher of video games headquartered in Osaka, Japan. It was founded in 1979 as Japan Capsule Computers, a company devoted to the manufacturing and distribution of electronic game machines. In the 12 months ended March 31, 2009, it has reported an increase in sales of 10.6 percent to 91,879 million yen ($925 million/£615 Billion), while net income rose 3.3 percent to 8,063 million yen ($81.1 million/£53.4 million).
According to Capcom, "the name CAPCOM is an abbreviation of CAPsule COMputer. This was a phrase symbolic of an internal company objective to create a new gaming experience that would exceed that of rival personal computers which had also been increasing in popularity during the same period". Over the years, Capcom has created some of the biggest and longest running franchises in video gaming history, such as Resident Evil, Megaman, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and Monster Hunter.