Game industry pauses events as U.S. reels from George Floyd protests
An increasing number of video game developers and publishers are responding to the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
This week, prominent gaming companies including Sony, Naughty Dog, and Electronic Arts, have all shared messages of hope and understanding, as people across the United States protest police violence and promote better treatment for Black Americans. Many of the companies are using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and calling on everyone to do their part to improve the treatment of people of color across the country.
Several companies have made statements on the matter. Here’s a rundown of the developers and publishers who have shared something so far. We’ll continue to update this page as new messages are posted:
EA was supposed to unveil its plans for Madden NFL 21 on Monday, but in light of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests, the company decided against it.
“We stand with our African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners,” EA said. “Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.”
EA said it would “find another time to talk football with you.”
On Friday, EA added that it would also postpone its upcoming EA Play Live event to 4 p.m. PT on June 18. The company previously planned to hold the event on June 11.
“With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we’re moving our time to come together and play,” EA said in a tweet.
EA has been quiet about its plans for the virtual event, but did say you can expect a look at “games through a live broadcast, community content, and more.”
“Now is the time for all to do our part and end anti-Black racism and violence,” Naughty Dog wrote. “Many of us at Naughty Dog are donating to national and local organizations. Please consider donating yourself.”
Riot Games also participated in speaking out against racism by saying that the company’s “hearts are heavy as hope seems lost and trust has been broken.” Riot Games says it “stands in solidarity with the Black community against all acts of injustice, racism, prejudice, and hatred.”
Although some companies issued long statements, Marvel’s was quick and to the point: “We stand against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow Black employees, storytellers, creators, and the entire Black community. We must unite and speak out.”
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