After many days of silence on the current political events that are taking place throughout America, Valve has made a statement of sorts by pledging to sponsor the Game Devs of Color Expo.
The announcement was made by Shawn Alexander Allen on Twitter, which can be seen below:
Valve has pledged to be a big sponsor of the @GDoCExpo (There will be a cool side effect to this we will announce soon)— Shawn Alexander Allen (@aNuChallenger) June 12, 2020
They also supported the Black Voices in gaming event hosted by @icjman
Decent 1st steps. Definitely better than the performances other companies have done. https://t.co/hPlJaXXXQA
Allen is a developer of Treachery in Beatdown City, a beat 'em up that has received a 81% score on Steam after 11 user reviews and a 59% score on OpenCritic after 10 critic reviews, with 30% of critics recommending the title.
Valve's response comes after many other developers and publishers have voiced their support for Black Lives Matter, and after several developers pulled their games from Steam due to Valve's lack of voiced support for Black Lives Matter.
The Game Devs of Color Expo will be hosted on September 19, 2020, which like everything else will be hosted virtually this year. If you're a "person of color" and wish to apply to either speak or show off your game in the Expo, be sure to click here and here. There's also a mailing list if you want to stay engaged as the September 19, 2020 date draws nearer, or you could stay tuned to TechRaptor, which will most likely be covering it to its smallest details.
What do you think of this news? Do you think Valve took too long to respond to what's happening throughout America? Do you think this was the right response? Let us know in the comments!