Author Topic: More video game developers and studios speak out against the Muslim ban  (Read 927 times)

عوني

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Saw this on my Twitter feed today and found it pretty interesting to read:

"How does Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration affect the video games industry?

Gaming is a global business, after all. Publishers and developers operate in just about every region of the world, and most support teams represent a vast assortment of nationalities.

Trump's executive order potentially spells trouble for those who make and sell games. For the next 90 days, travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen ? all predominantly Muslim nations ? are barred from entering the United States. A similar ban on travel from Syria also now stands indefinitely.

The next major gaming event on the horizon is the annual Game Developer's Conference, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 3 ? right inside Trump's travel ban window ? in San Francisco. That's why it was no surprise to see a swift response from the trade show's organizers, via Twitter.

The International Game Developer's Association ? which meets at GDC every year ? confirmed to Polygon that only two of its 8,000 members come from one of the seven countries affected by the ban. But that's not the point, the IGDA notes.

"[The] issue isn't necessarily the affect on these specific countries but on the general spread of xenophobia in the U.S. government and how it will certainly affect the U.S.'s ability to hire talent and remain globally competitive," the organization's executive director, Kate Edwards, noted.

The Entertainment Software Association issued a statement of its own on Monday, Jan. 30. This one directly addresses the new immigration policy, raising concerns that echo those pointed out in the IGDA's response.

Here's the ESA statement in full:

The Entertainment Software Association urges the White House to exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs. As a leading force in technology and exporter of entertainment, the U.S. video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world. While recognizing that enhancing national security and protecting our country?s citizens are critical goals, our companies rely on the skilled talent of U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, and immigrants alike. Our nation?s actions and words should support their participation in the American economy.

We've reached out to a number of publishers and hardware manufacturers individually, and you can find those words below. Xbox-maker Microsoft issued a statement over the weekend.

Bethesda Softworks responded with the following statement:

We are a global company with employees of every race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. As such, we will always support diversity and acceptance over division and exclusion.

There's no public statement from EA, but a company spokesperson shared the following internal message from CEO Andrew Wilson:



A Ubisoft spokesperson had this to say:

Ubisoft?s video games are designed, developed and produced by multicultural teams of various beliefs and faiths from countries all over the world. We believe diversity in all of its forms fosters creativity and understanding. It enables us to create immersive, credible game worlds for our players, who are themselves increasingly diverse. Our finest achievements as a company, as an industry, and as a society are the product of collaboration that respects each other?s unique backgrounds, perspectives and talents. We oppose discrimination of any kind, and will continue to focus on inclusivity because we believe it is a value that brings us together and make us stronger.

Zynga reached out with both a statement from CEO Frank Gibeau as well as an internal email on the ban:



Capcom, Nintendo, and Square-Enix responded as well, pointing us to the ESA statement above. The Pok?mon Company opted against commenting on the matter.

Activision Blizzard and Sony have yet to respond to Mashable's comment requests."

http://mashable.com/2017/01/30/video-games-trump-immigration-ban/#U9WFQkp5Kqq1

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Interesting; I never thought about this. Thanks for sharing.
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