Game industries around the world are responding to President Trump’s anti-immigration policy. The Game Developers Conference, a global conference for game developers which is scheduled to be held this February, the Entertainment Software Association, and other game developers have criticized the policy.
Trump has recently issued an Executive Order which includes a suspension on refugee programs and a travel ban on anyone arriving from seven Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia).
Via its official Twitter, the GDC has openly opposed the policy by saying that the GDC is a global community and that they are horrified by the Muslim Ban. They assured that they will guarantee refunds to the developers who could not make it to the conference because of the ban, and they will “keep fighting for inclusivity.”
Other game companies and developers are responding to the ban in various ways. The ESA has made an announcement that they want Trump’s White House to “exercise caution” on its recent decision on the immigration program. Ted Price, president of Insomniac Games, posted a video on YouTube saying that he and employees of Insomniac Games are against Trump’s anti-immigration policy. Electronic Arts announced to their employees that they will not hesitate to support those employees or family members of employees who are affected by the policy.Kristian Segerstråle, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp, stated in his email to the staff that “discrimination or persecution of individuals on the basis of religion, ethnicity, national origin, or anything else for that matter, is simply not OK anywhere, ever.” The CEO also said that anyone who is affected by the executive order should let him know. Finally, co-founder of Vlambeer Rami Ismail has announced on his Twitter that “for the next 24 hours, all Vlambeer revenue will be donated to ACLU for their opposition to the Muslim Ban.”
eSports pros and other members of the eSports community have spoken about the travel ban, whether directly affected or not. eSports pros like Street Fighter V player Arman “Phenom” Hanjani and Vainglory player Hamza “IraqiZorro” Najim are subject to the travel ban and might not be able to enter the States for game tournaments due to the ban. Phillip Aram, manager of North American gaming team Evil Geniuses, and Bassem “Bear” Dahdouh, eSports event consultant and coordinator, both opposed Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, even though they were not directly affected by the travel ban.
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