Under the slogan Love Gaming – Hate War, peace activists protest against Crytek’s partnership with several arms companies.
During this year’s award ceremnoy of the Deutscher Computerspielpreis (German PC games award), peace activists protested against the partnership between the Frankfurt-based game development studio Crytek and the arms industry. Under the slogan, “Love Gaming – Hate War”, the group installed a cyborg armed with a plastic gun to demonstrate against the collaboration.
The members of the Stuttgart-based German Peace Society & United War Resisters (DFG-VK) criticize that Crytek sells its CryEngine to multiple organizations. As the group claims, some of the studio’s customers include the US army, the German Bundeswehr, French company Thales, British firm Lockheed Martin and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.
These organizations would use the CryEngine to create virtual reality experiences for soldiers. This includes shooting and training simulations.
The DFG-VK accuses Crytek of aid for warfare and demands that the company stops the collaborations immediately. Instead, the studio should sell its software only to civil corporations, like game developers. The activists promised further protest actions if Crytek continues the partnerships.