Thumbs down: how the video games industry is battling Brexit

From dystopian games to organised campaigns, the industry’s stance on the EU is clear. But is it too little too late?

Brexit and Wetherspoons, Brexit and fashion, Brexit and bananas … It seems as if so much of our everyday lives will be affected by Brexit – and if you play video games, you can certainly expect changes. The British video games industry adds £5bn to the economy and employs more than 12,000 people, 35% of whom are EU citizens.

While the industry has been campaigning for a Brexit least likely to wreck the status quo, some indie developers have responded with pro-remain games. Tim Constant’s Not Tonight offers a peek into a dystopian Britain obsessed with migration status: European citizens are segregated if they wish to continue living in the UK and constantly subject to document checks. The claustrophobic, pixelated setting suggests that post-Brexit Britain would succumb to paranoia.

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