I just graduated and got hired in April in Germany as software engineer.
However, I have wanted since my university days to study/work in Japan, in a video games firm, and this personal ambition is becoming obsessional.
I do not possess experience in the games industry, neither have I lived in Japan.
I am willing to work on games ( personal projects ). It is already hard enough to get a job in this industry in Germany with my background.
Would a better knowledge in Japanese change anything to my marketability?
Clarifications based on comments:
What exactly are you looking for, and what concerns do you have, and what have you done so far about it?
I am looking for work, and I know I have technical & language-related short-comings. I only have passed JLPT n5 last year. That's worrying me.
What about American or English companies?
Thank you but I'm not interested in working in Europe/NA. I feel attracted to the local culture. Some people like to move around, to live some kind of thrill.
Until now, I have tried to get introduced in the Japanese market through the help of professors or various programs (Vulcanus for example) but to no avail.
I am trying to assess my chances to find a job by myself.
I would like to thank DarkCygnus for this great answer and ShinEmperor for this technical answer. I will read those books !
I would not expect a good salary, or good working conditions in the video game industry in Japan. I would only recommend this path for you if you really want to make Japanese games, and are willing to put up with a low quality of life (in terms of income and work/life balance) in order to do so.
This is an important remark. I will think of it.