I can definitively say that where I work, at EA All Play's Sacramento studio, is not a sweatshop. We encourage eight hour days (plus lunch break, however long that ends up being), and every Friday afternoon there is free beer and fun presentations to end the week.
Right now, though, our only programming openings are for Java server engineers. Sorry.
I do recommend learning Unity though, if that's what you're interested in. As Unity improves, its easy cross-platform deployment becomes more and more attractive to larger companies.