More and more video game developers and publishers are responding to George Floyd's tragic death in Minneapolis.
This week, well-known game companies such as Sony, Naughty Dog and Electronic Arts have shared all messages of hope and understanding as people in the United States protest police violence and promote better treatment for black Americans. Many companies use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and urge everyone to do their part to improve the treatment of colored people across the country.
Several companies have made statements in this regard. Here is an overview of the developers and publishers who have shared something so far. We will continue to update this page as new messages are released:
EA was due to announce its plans for Madden NFL 21 on Monday, but decided against it due to the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests.
"We stand together with our African American / black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners," said EA. "Our immediate focus is on what we can do to drive change against the unfair treatment and systemic bias that plagues the nation and our world."
EA said it would "find another time to talk to you about football."
Naughty Dog will release The Last of Us Part II later this month, but will post a tweet with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
"Now is the time for everyone to do our part and end racism and violence against blacks," Naughty Dog wrote. “Many of us at Naughty Dog donate to national and local organizations. Please donate yourself. "
Riot Games also spoke out against racism by saying that "the hearts of the company are heavy because hope seems to have been lost and trust has been broken". Riot Games says it is "in solidarity with the black community against all acts of injustice, racism, prejudice and hatred".
Although some companies have given long explanations, Marvels was quick and to the point: “We are against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand together with our black employees, storytellers, creators and the entire black community. We have to unite and speak. "
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Disney, which owns both Marvel and Star Wars, posted the same message at the top of its Star Wars page.
Sony was due to release details on its PlayStation 5 on Thursday June 4th, but the company said in a tweet that it would postpone the event.
"While we understand that gamers worldwide are excited to watch PS5 games, we don't think it's a time to celebrate now, and we want to step back and allow more important voices to be heard for now."
Microsoft, which launched its Xbox Series X games last month, said it "stands against systemic racism and injustice with our fans, developers, colleagues, friends and the entire African American & Black community."
Nintendo of America posted a message on its Twitter account on Wednesday that said, "shares the pain the United States felt after the tragic death of George Floyd." Nintendo rejects "bias, exclusion, oppression and the violence that leads to these completely unnecessary deaths."
Take-Two Interactive ended all of its online gameplay for two hours on Thursday to remember George Floyd's legacy and support Black Lives Matter. Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online and NBA 2K20 were among the different games where the online multiplayer modes were closed on Thursday.
To further support Black Lives Matter, 2K Games has added new shirts that players can wear in the game. The free shirts say "Black Lives Matter", "I can't breathe" and "Say their names".
Activision Blizzard said in a tweet that it "supports everyone who opposes racism and inequality". The company added that there is no place for racism and inequality in our society – or in any society. Black lives count. "
Infinity Ward not only spoke out against racial injustices on Twitter, but also added a new loading screen to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty Warzone. Shortly before the game loads, a message titled “Black Lives Matter” appears on the screen.
"Our church hurts," says the embassy. “The system inequalities that our community is experiencing are again the focus. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice that our black community endures. Until changes happen and Black Lives is Matter, we will never really be the community we strive for. "
The message was added to the game after Infinity Ward delayed the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty Warzone Season 4.
Bethesda tweeted the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, saying that "it is united with black communities to listen and speak out against inequality, oppression and racism".