Attack of the Fanboy

Devolver Digital Opens Doors to GDC Developers Affected by Trump Ban

by Kevin Reyes


The annual Game Developers Conference, or GDC for short, is scheduled to take place at the end of February in San Francisco. It is one of the largest gatherings of professional game developers that get together and discuss their profession as well as expand their networks.

Recent incidents with U.S. politics however have made attending GDC a bit more difficult for those outside of the country. Specifically, Trump’s recent executive order that’s made it much more difficult for foreigners from certain countries to enter the United States.

Now this has caused quite a stir in the news and has potentially turned off developers from these specific countries from attending GDC. In response to this, popular indie publisher Devolver Digital, known for their work on Hotline MiamiThe Talos Principal, and Titan Souls, has opened their doors and is now accepting submissions from those unable to attend GDC due to the order.

Developers that want to showcase their game at GDC but can’t enter the country can submit their projects to Devolver Digital. The publisher will then use their own private space, dubbed Devolver Underground, during GDC to demo these submissions. To participate in this, developers just need to submit certain details to the publisher as listed on their site.

“One of my favorite things about games is that they are truly global in nature, transcending borders and cultural differences more seamlessly than other art forms, and working with different people from all over the world with wildly varying backgrounds has been a huge part of Devolver’s success and of our personal enjoyment of what we do,” said Devolver co-founder Mike Wilson.

The publisher stresses that those interested in participating should submit their games as soon as possible. They also state that, due to the limited space they have, they’ll prioritize those that were scheduled to attend GDC but had to cancel due to the immigration ban.

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