House House, the Australian indie developers behind last year's runaway hit Untitled Goose Game, are pledging to give "at least 1% of [their] income to Indigenous groups, in perpetuity." The decision both keeps with the aims of Australia's Pay the Rent movement and builds on an acknowledgement previously included in Untitled Goose Game's credits.
"We live, work, and play on Aboriginal land," reads a statement on the Pay the Rent Grassroots Collective's website. "Land that was forcibly taken from Aboriginal people, to whom reparations have never been paid." In addition to calling for Australians to contribute 1% of their income directly to Indigenous groups, Pay the Rent also encourages "actions to promote, defend, and support land justice."
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
House House is based in Melbourne, a region where the Indigenous Kulin Nation lived prior to settlement by British colonists. If you've reached the end of Untitled Goose Game, then you may have noticed the credits include an land acknowledgement for the Wurundjeri—the full text can also be found on House House's official website for the game:
This game was made on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Since it was released in September, Untitled Goose Game became an overnight internet sensation, made its way from the PC and Switch to the PS4 and Xbox One, inspired a number of delightfully weird creations, and sold over a million copies along the way.
While they're likely wondering how to follow up such a huge success, the developers behind everyone's favorite goose seem happy to funnel some of this newfound attention toward causes they believe in. As you may have seen last month, House House also advocated for the U.K.'s Labour party with an image of its star goose and a certain naughtily-clipped prize rose.