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GDC 2018: Rami Ismail GDCA Ambassador Award Interview

Rami chatted with Shacknews about his favorite fish and travel bans at the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards.


Rami Ismail is one half of the video game developer Vlambeer, known for their game Ridiculous Fishing. What many folks may not know about Rami is that he has been fighting for the rights of his fellow developers, especially devs who are located in the Middle East. Shacknews caught up with Rami after he received the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards to talk with him about his favorite fish, the Muslim travel ban, and his efforts to organize the  "One Reason to be" panel at GDC 2018. Five out of the six developers who were to participate in the panel had their travel visas rejected. Check out this video interview to hear more from Rami Ismail.

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Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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