EA Play Delayed By A Week Over BLM Protests Without Mentioning Them
[Update: This article's headline has been changed from the original, EA Play Delayed By Publisher Over BLM Protests Without Mentioning Them, to emphasize that EA had previously expressed their support for the movement in a previous official statement and that the reason behind this scheduling change was therefore implied.]
Electronic Arts has delayed its forthcoming EA Play event in the wake of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, pushing them back a week. The US has been witnessing nationwide protests lately, aimed at curbing the rampant racial discrimination prevalent in certain sections of their society. The political action was kickstarted by the on-tape murder of George Floyd by a group of Minneapolis policemen, leading to peaceful protests, a reactionary wave of further police brutality, and - now - rioting.
While some brands have maintained a neutral ground and refused to comment on the situation, a large portion of the gaming industry has come forward to support racial equity in the US. Most noteworthy was The Pokemon Company's generous contribution, having pledged to donate $100,000 each to NAACP and BLM. Similarly, fans across the world have been waiting for the anticipated PS5 reveal, but Sony decided to postpone the incident to ensure that the focus doesn't deviate from humanitarian issues at hand. Certain brands faced their fair share of criticism as well. Rockstar decided to temporarily take down GTA Online's and Red Dead Online's servers during George Floyd's funeral, prompting community backlash for Rockstar's failure to donate any money despite it ...
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