The publishers of the Taiwanese horror game Devotion have had their publishing license revoked by the Chinese state party.
Game Informer is reporting that even though publisher Indievent and Winking Entertainment cut ties with indie developer Red Candle Games over the incident involving a joke at the expense of Chinese president Xi Jinping within the game Devotion, the Chinese government still revoked Indievent’s license.
What we don’t know is if this was specifically over the Devotion incident, or if it was because of something else. The incident was covered in depth by YouTube outlet China Uncensored, back when it first happened, which you can check out below.
According to PCGamesN, the news about the license revocation came via Another Indie co-founder Ian Garner, who tweeted out that Indievent had their business license revoked on July 1st, 2019.
If you want to support the developers of Devotion, pick ups their amazing other title Detention! And leave a nice review as it was review bombed after these events!https://t.co/9fRDUVWoik
— Iain Garner – Buy Our Games (@memnoch87) July 1, 2019
Basically, the gist of the story is that if you make fun of Xi Jinping and the Chinese drones don’t like it, they can cook up enough of a storm to eventually reach the Chinese government and you could see your business license revoked.
As noted by Game Informer, there were supposed to be console ports of Devotion made, but with the publishers having pulled out due to fear of backlash from the Chinese, it doesn’t look like that’s happening.
Unfortunately Winking Entertainment and Indievent have also pulled Devotion from being made available on Steam, so you can no longer purchase the game.