The lights are on
Indie publisher Devolver Digital has put out an open call to
developers who are no longer able to make it to this year's Game Developers Conference
due to the recently enacted immigration ban.
Devolver Digital made the announcement via press release,
offering to demo games for affected developers at its "Devolver Underground" site,
located near the convention center. Devolver says it has gaming PCs and Vive VR
headsets available, but that space is limited. As such, the publisher says it
will prioritize developers who had already made travel plans to GDC but have
since been forced to cancel. The official GDC organization stated last week
that it will offer
refunds to affected attendees as well.
A number of other game companies have release official
statements in opposition to the ban, including Insomniac, Microsoft, and Harmonix.
For more on Devolver Digital's GDC plans, check out their official website.
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