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In unity, the video game community is showing respect for George Floyd and issues in the black community by pausing online gaming. Rockstar Games, 2K Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive shut down servers yesterday for NBA 2K20, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which was the same time that George Floyd’s memorial service took place in Minneapolis.
Fortnite also announced a delay in the end-of-season event due to the George Floyd protests.
Call of Duty, PlayStation, and EA Sports joined together and expressed that there are bigger issues going on and their events can wait.
Rockstar Games tweeted “Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.”
Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) June 4, 2020
Gamers shared screenshots after NBA 2K20 made their announcement on Twitter as well. 2K also gave away free Black Lives Matter t-shirts in the game and increased funding to its 2K Foundations by $1 million.