Game Makers Rally Against US Immigration Ban

Insomniac Games, Vlambeer, Microsoft and more criticise Trump's divisive legislation

Insomniac Games

The people behind big game studios, classic franchises and indie hits are speaking out against President Trump's controversial Immigration Ban, sharing their stories and even publicly condemning the move.

The ban isn't just ideologically troubling, it's a practical issue for studios that employ people from all over the world and for indies that want to attend meetings or game events in the US.

Insomniac Games published a video statement on YouTube. Rami Ismail, one of the founders of Vlambeer, wrote a piece for The Guardian detailing both his personal experiences of being a Muslim in the games industry and the detrimental effect the ban could have on the creation of games.

"With many highly talented engineers coming from Middle Eastern countries, this not only limits the available talent pool, but also effectively prohibits travel for many workers in the US games industry," he writes.

Microsoft, home of the Xbox, has also criticised the ban, as have the organisers of the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. 

Other games developers have found practical ways to fight the ban, donating proceeds from the sales of their games to the American Civil Liberties Union. Cardboard Computer, maker of indie road trip adventure Kentucky Route Zero, has dropped the price of the game with all sales going to the ACLU. NYC-based mobile gaming studio Dots took the step of showing players a message when they open the game. 

San Francisco studio Midboss also found a very direct way to make its feelings known.