Humble adopts cautious stance on AI in game dev

Humble adopts cautious stance on AI in game dev

Publisher Humble Games has said that it won't be working with developers that use generative artificial intelligence.

Speaking to Game Developer, the company's EVP and GM Alan Patmore said that while the firm hasn't received any pitches from studios using AI in production, it wants to be proactive when it comes to the new tech.

This isn't due to any ethical qualms, but is more concerned with the issues in trying to copyright works created using generative AI.

"It will probably be part of the contractual process where [developers] have to state they are not using AI to pull data [and create assets]," he said.

"I think part of it is looking at how we evaluate the toolsets developers are using so that we don't get into a situation where a tool has pulled data and, all of a sudden, there's a bunch of assets that a developer doesn't have the rights to use in their game. From a development perspective it's about putting processes in place to prove ownership."

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