Devolver Digital is offering help to developers who can’t attend this year’s Game Developers Conference. This is mainly due to the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim ban.’
Devolver Digital’s Statement
The offer is given to PC or HTC Vive-compatible games. They will be given space in an offsite facility not far from the Moscone Center, which is located in San Francisco, California. Exposure at the Game Developers Conference is widely important for gaming professionals. It can potentially lead to publishing deals, and connections with giants such as Microsoft, Sony, and Steam.
The move by Devolver Digital comes together with a flood of support for refugees. Moreover, it extended the offer to others affected by the administration’s efforts to block or slow immigration from certain countries. Furthermore, designer and writer Raph Koster, indie developer Rami Ismail, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have spoken publicly against the ban.
Even more, other developers converted their game sales as funds for the American Civil Liberties Union. The Union is an organization which has seen incredible support in the months following the November elections in the US. Those affected by the ban can take a look at the details of Devolver’s collaboration efforts below:
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) February 2, 2017
Other Publishers Take A Stand
In the gaming industry, Devolver isn’t alone in standing up against the Trump administration’s refusal to allow refugees. Citizens of American ally Iraq and other foreign nations into the country also extended their support. After the ban, the Game Developers Conference itself promised to refund anyone cancelling their travel plans because of the announcement.
Nuclear Throne developer Vlambeer revealed it would give all of its revenues for 24 hours to the American Civil Liberties Union as well. Even the studio that made Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank published a message opposing the ban.
About Devolver Digital
Mike Wilson founded Devolver Digital together with Harry A. Miller IV and Rick Stults in Austin, Texas in 2009. The group previously co-founded publishing companies Gathering of Developers in 1998 and Gamecock Media Group in 2007.
Upon forming Devolver, they collaborated with developers Croteam and were able to obtain the rights to the Serious Sam series from 2K Games through Gathering of Developers. This paved the way to Devolver’s first published game, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter. It is followed by the high-definition remake to the 2001 Serious Sam: The First Encounter. In 2012, Hotline Miami became the publisher’s breakout hit, giving the publisher stature within the indie gaming community.
Insomniac Games also issued a statement on the immigration policy. Check out the video below to hear about their stance. Stay tuned to Video Games Republic to catch the latest on video games, tech, and more.