Why Insomniac boss Ted Price stands against Trump’s travel ban and game censorship


Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games, has never been shy about expressing his opinions. He spoke out against the travel ban, and he talked about leadership with Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association.

For more than two decades, Price has led the maker of games such as Ratchet & Clank and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man video game. He had to help defend the industry against censorship efforts on First Amendment grounds, and in January he showed what it was like to be a leader when he created a YouTube video to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

He talked about leadership with Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association and a frequent speaker at our events, at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event. They talked about the need to be vigilant about protecting the industry, particularly in the emerging fields of games for augmented reality and virtual reality.

Price explained his views on how to keep 250 people moving in the same direction and ensuring that the company embraces diversity and diverse views in making its games. Gallagher also talked about the issues he faces as the leader of the game industry’s lobbying group, such as state-by-state legislation about video games and taxation of digital games.

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America has reached ‘an even more perilous moment’: NYT editorial board eviscerates Trump over James Comey’s firing

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After President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, The New York Times editorial board painted a grim picture of the state of the US’s democracy in a biting perspective.

“This is a tense and uncertain time in the nation’s history,” the board wrote of Trump’s decision to fire Comey.

“The president of the United States, who is no more above the law than any other citizen, has now decisively crippled the FBI’s ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates.”

“There is no guarantee that Mr. Comey’s replacement, who will be chosen by Mr. Trump, will continue that investigation; in fact, there are already hints to the contrary,” The Times’ editorial board said.

White House officials appeared to telegraph as much on Tuesday night. Deputy White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interview on Fox News that it was “time to move on” from the investigations into whether any Trump associates colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

And in his dismissal letter to Comey, Trump wrote: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occassions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.”

The Times’ editorial urged US officials to appoint an independent prosecutor to take over the Trump-Russia investigation.

The editorial echoed much of the sentiment heard from Republicans and Democrats in the hours following Comey’s firing – specifically that the action could both threaten the status of the Russia investigation while also placing an even sharper focus on Trump, his administration and allies, and their potentially illicit connections to the Kremlin.

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In firing Comey, Trump effectively placed the ongoing investigation into the hands of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and the Justice Department’s deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite having recused himself from all inquiries concerning Russia, participated in the decision to dismiss Comey, who was the most prominent face of the Russia investigation.

Observers and historians have sounded alarms about some of the events unfolding in the early months of Trump’s presidency. His firing of former acting attorney general Sally Yates, the dismissal of a number of US attorneys, and now, Comey’s firing, have all been cited as atypical.

To that, The Times’ editorial board warned: America “has reached an even more perilous moment.”

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