Will Apple approve ‘Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration’?
That’s what some people are wondering after a Massachusetts-based company has proposed a March launch date for an immigration game for the iPhone and iPad where the user is invited to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border in a truck.
Dos Lives reached out to the company, Owlchemy Labs, with several questions including an interview request for the creator’s friend that is described on the company’s website as having immigration problems and provided inspiration for the game. We were told their PR Agency would respond, but we have not received a response.
Creator Alex Schwartz’s business partner, who was born in Turkey, had to leave the U.S. after college. He’s back now, though the company would not comment on his immigration status, according to the NY Daily News. Schwartz compared “Smuggle Truck” to the popular game app “Angry Birds” – the extremely popular smart phone app where slingshot birds face battle with their enemy pigs.
The creators recently posted additional background information on their website where they write “With such a troublesome issue being largely avoided in popular media, especially video games, we felt the best way to criticize it was with an interactive satire.”
Largely avoided in popular media? Where has this company been? Immigration has been discussed in popular media and do you really think a video game is the best forums to discuss immigration? No
According to the company’s website, the app will launch in March. An Apple app store spokesman said that the company can’t comment on the game until Owlchemy officially submits it for approval, according to the NY Daily News.