Independent development studio iNK Stories is a diverse group of ethnic, national and religious members. iNK Stories, including a significant few from Iran, firmly believes that its the responsibility of the larger art and entertainment community to unite in solidarity against policies that are inhumane, unjust and un-American. The gaming 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 they oppose the ban and the dangerous precedent it sets. For these reasons, iNK Stories will be donating proceeds from sales 1979 Revolution: Black Friday to the ACLU from February 1-10.
Creator Navid Khonsari stated:
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. 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 is acclaimed by UNESCO for its empathy driven gameplay, bridging cultures and advancing peaceful conflict resolution. The current political messaging, which iNK Stories believes fosters fear, misinformation and xenophobia, are what iNK Stories will stand against. By donating sales proceeds, iNK Stories endorses the work of the ACLU in hopes of supporting immigrants and refugees rights, by countering the grave and damaging rulings.