During the Current Climate of Game Layoffs, Capcom is Raising Its Employee’s Monthly Salaries in Japan By More Than 25 Percent

While we have dealt with many layoffs in the first two months of the year, not all news is doom and gloom. Capcom has announced that the monthly employee salary for entry-level positions in Japan is increasing by around 27 percent, according to GameDeveloper.

Currently, the pay at these positions is ¥235,000 (around$1,572 USD / $2,125 CAD) per month, but starting in the next fiscal year, the Street Fighter 6 publisher is increasing that monthly number to ¥300,000 (around$2,007 USD / $2,713 CAD). These raises are for the future employees joining Capcomiin in the upcoming 2025 fiscal year. Still, current employees, including anyone hired at an entry-level position in the current fiscal year, will receive a “one-time special “payment.” Capcom adds that “existing salaries in the current fiscal year will be raised on average by more than five percent.”

“With this “increase” in starting salary, Capcom is pursuing further investment in human capital and the acquisition of exceptional talent, [w “ich is]” an investment in, “the people who support the future of the “company,” Capcom said in a statement.

As game publishers and developers cut jobs in Western markets, Capcom says investing in its employees is “trying “to address the issues facing our society while aiming to improve its corporate value and establishing a relationship of trust with employees and stakeholders.”

The company has seen consolidated net sales increase by 33.3 percent year-on-year to 106.1 billion yen over the past nine months, with sales of Street Fighter 6 and Resident Evil 4 driving earnings within its Digital Contents business. 

In the past nine months, the company’s consolidated net sales rose by 33.3 percent YoY to 106.1 billion yen. This increase was mainly driven by the sales of Street Fighter 6 and Resident Evil 4.