>> Lone Light is a video game puzzle using light and shadows. Developed by a 20 year old Iranian student studying in Toronto. His game made it to one of the biggest gaming events in San Fransisco. But he did not.>> I'm Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee. The developer Hessamoddin Sharifpour told me he was planning on coming here to GDC, a key event for indie game developers.
But just as he was preparing to apply for his visa. President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority nations hit. His story is just one of many people around the world impacted by the now suspended travel ban. It landed on Silicon Valley particularly hard because talent here is pulled from everywhere.
That's why over 100 tech companies, including Apple, Google, and Tesla filed court documents opposing the ban. Which is now held up in court. But President Trump plans to re-issue a reworked order soon. GDC organizers offered to refund all tickets for those worried that they couldn't come. And indie game publisher Devolver, well known among hardcore gamers.
Announced it would demo games, even if the developers were no shows. Nigel Lowrie is one of Devolver's founders.>> It's shown how tight the gaming community is, how supportive the gaming community is, and how international it is. When we made this announcement, there were some snarky comments on Twitter.
There are no game developers in Iran, there are no game developers in Syria. But there are and they're making really neat stuff.>> And Hessamoddin's happy that his game is getting attention. Even if this is the only way he can get a glimpse of the demo at the show.