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Game companies delay events, tweet #BlackLivesMatter amid police brutality protests

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Activision is delaying the launch of new seasonal content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile amid continuing protests over police brutality and the taped killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

"Now is not the time," publisher Activision wrote on Twitter of the previously planned release of new Call of Duty content. "Right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice, and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you."

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— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 2, 2020

Activision's delay came just hours after Sony delayed a planned press event to promote the PlayStation 5, saying that "we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration… For now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard." And earlier in the day Monday, EA Sports delayed a planned online "celebration" of the upcoming Madden NFL 21, "because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to change."

Game makers and gaming brands including PlayStation, Xbox, Riot Games, Naughty Dog, Warner Bros., Insomniac Games, Harmonix, and Bethesda Softworks are among those that have issued tweets using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and offering largely vague and non-specific support for people of color. Esports outfits including Cloud9 and Read More – Source

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