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Blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes at games publishers

Bobbie Johnson reports:

''It's three and a half years since Erin Hoffman became internet famous. Better known as "EA Spouse", she was the person who unmasked the crushing working conditions in some parts of the games industry.

In a post on her blog, she revealed how her partner – a worker at Electronic Arts, the world's biggest independent games publisher – was being driven to the edge.

"The current mandatory hours are 9am to 10pm, seven days a week, with the occasional Saturday evening off for good behaviour," she wrote. "When you keep our husbands and wives and children in the office for 90 hours a week, sending them home exhausted and numb and frustrated with their lives, it's not just them you're hurting, but everyone around them."

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