Capcom reportedly forced staff to work on-site despite Japan’s COVID-19 emergency

Capcom reportedly forced staff to work on-site despite Japan’s COVID-19 emergency

It’s been roughly a year since COVID-19 took over our lives. While it isn’t worst-affected by the global pandemic, the games industry has struggled to adapt to the necessity of remote work. But this January, in the face of Japan posting some of its highest case figures, Capcom reportedly forced employees to continue clocking into the publisher’s Osaka office.

Speaking to Japanese outlet Business Journal (via Kotaku), a Capcom whistle-blower said that employees were “forced to come to work” even as the government declared a state of emergency in parts of the country, including Osaka. According to a leaked internal email, it appears Capcom was so spooked by last year’s ransomware attack that it has decided to cut off remote work.

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