Nexon Publishing North America

Number of Employees: 96 Head Office: Vancouver

“The big emphasis on quality of life is unique in this industry. I get up and there’s no place I’d rather be than here at work. I’ve never had that feeling anywhere else before”

The video game industry is infamous for long hours, tight deadlines and burnt-out workers, and Vancouver is no exception. So when new hires, who are often used to 80- or 90-hour workweeks, are told Nexon has a no-overtime rule, it’s no surprise many shrug and say, “Yeah, I’ve heard that before.” But the CEO himself will tour the office at closing time, sending overzealous staff packing. The animating idea is this: without healthy brains to make the games, the company is simply not sustainable. And in the cutthroat world of free downloadable gaming, it pays to keep those brains sharp.
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