Our videogames are made on stolen Wurundjeri land. We at House House will be paying at least 1% of our income to Indigenous groups, in perpetuity, as part of the Pay the Rent movement. We'd encourage others to do the same:https://t.co/lMTNdOvTsS
— House House (@house_house_) January 29, 2020
The independent studio, which is based in Melbourne, Australia, made the commitment to Aboriginal landowners on Twitter.
The pledge was made shortly after January 26, a national holiday widely referred to as Australia Day, which marks the anniversary of the beginning of British colonialism through the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.
However, the date is also marked by indigenous Australian groups who sometimes refer to it as Invasion Day or Survival Day.
The Guardian reports that thousands of citizens rallied on Sunday, January 26 to protest and call on Australians to “pay the rent,” a concept developed in the 1970s by the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation.
According to the Invasion Day website, the ‘Pay the Rent’ scheme operates to provide “opportunities for non-Indigenous Australians to support initiatives controlled by the traditional land owners in their struggle for self-determination and economic independence”.
Several leading video games companies have recentlycontributed to the Australian wildfires relief effort.
The puzzle-come-stealth game was a runner-up for VGC’s Original Game of the Year 2019 award.
Publisher Panic said in December that sales of the title had topped one million units.