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How video game layoffs put immigrant developers at risk of deportation – The Verge

When a game developer shut down, immigrant developers don’t just lose their jobs; they’re at risk of losing the lives they’ve built. This fear trickles down into…

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The layoffs happened suddenly. One day, Jose Abalos was employed, working on Disney Infinity 4. The next day, he was not. It was something that upended everything, everything, all kinds of security, he tells The Verge. Everything just went belly-up in a single day.
In May 2016, Disney Interactive shut down its internal studio, Avalanche Software, putting almost 300 employees out of work. For Abalos, there was an extra complication. He was working in the states on an H-1B1 visa, a limited program…

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