Iranian game developer iNK Stories to donate proceeds of 1979 Revolution sales to ACLU in response to Trump’s "muslim ban" executive order.
In a statement put out to the press, the game developer says:
"iNK Stories strongly opposes the divisive rhetoric and current immigration ban put in effect by Trump Administration. As an independent development studio, iNK stands firmly in believing that it’s the responsibility of the larger art and entertainment community to unite in solidarity against policies that are inhumane, unjust and un-American. Our industry has tremendously benefited from the ability of people to cross borders. Immigration has been a source of creativity and strength for this country throughout its history -- and we oppose the ban and the dangerous precedent it sets."
The company's game, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, has been acclaimed by UNESCO for its empathy driven gameplay, bridging cultures and advancing peaceful conflict resolution. iNK Stories says the company stands against the current political messaging of the Trump regime (which, in the game studio's words, "fosters fear, misinformation and xenophobia") and that by donating sales proceeds, they instead endorses the work of the ACLU in hopes of supporting immigrants and refugees rights. The game studio further states that their movement is to show support of those behind 1979 Revolution, a majority of whom are Iranian born US or Canadian residents and citizens. They point out that some of those people arrived as refugees in the US as they fled from conflict.
“This is deeply personal, as my family made the hard decision to leave Iran after the revolution, to come to the West, which was the land of inclusion," says 1979 Revolution creator Navid Khonsari. "Today, I feel like I am reliving history. While it's easy to be immobilized by hurt and hopelessness, I believe that now more than ever we are confronted with an obligation, where we must dig in, resist and unite. Silence is not an option—so I commend those in our community who are taking action and hope that other game developers and publishers will join in, as we partake in this crucial movement -- coming from all religious, national, ethnic and generational backgrounds to denounce the ban - and stand with humanity, by saying that this is not right, willing to rise up against the injustice.”
1979 Revolution: Black Friday can be obtained digitally via GOG, Steam, the Apple App Store, and Google Play. iNK Studios will donate proceeds from sales of the game through Feb. 10.