For what it says in the paper, the average wage for a game programmer is ¥130,000 (1071.19 Eur - $1,460) which isn’t that much if what they say about the price of living in Japan is half true. One of the answers in the poll said:
"Salary varies from individual to individual so it's hard to say, but speaking about the industry as a whole you can definitely say 'low enough to make people regret dedicating themselves to games.' A precious few blessed with talent can earn a living wage. And an even more precious few who get lucky can make more than a living wage."Wouldn’t hurt anyone to get these guys some extra earnings… for the sake of all of us.