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Working in the video game industry is not easy. Conditions are improving, but there has long been pressure to release games on time. This can mean overtime and the dreaded “crunch” to get games out the door on schedule.

Here in Japan, developers aren’t only working hard. They are also making less than their counterparts in the United States. Bandai Namco, Capcom and Koei Tecmo, three of Japan’s biggest game developers, are trying to change that — albeit slowly.

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