The message reads “Black Lives Matter. Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community enures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be.”
As reported by Kotaku, NBA 2K20 has also chosen to use its platform for Black Lives Matter and is giving away three free shirts for players to wear on their in-game avatars. These shirts say “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Say Their Names.”
In addition, a message pops up in-game saying “In Memoriam – George Floyd, Black Lives Matter #BLM.”
In the neighborhood hub world section of NBA 2K20, many players wore the free shirts and protested in-game, all while large “Black Lives Matter” posters adorned the surrounding buildings.
The in-game tributes accompany the many companies around the world spreading the Black Lives Matter message and stepping back to allow for important voices to be heard.
In a mission to not take over this important conversation, Sony delayed its PlayStation 5 reveal event, Fortnite delayed Chapter 2 Season 3, Rockstar shut down GTA Online and Red Dead Online for 2 hours, and the Cyberpunk 2077 news broadcast, Night City Wire, was delayed from June 11 to June 25.
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