Update: We’ve been updating the end of this piece with all the online gaming studio statements we can find this week.
Sony has apparently decided to put off the PlayStation 5 reveal event that was intended to run this Thursday. “We do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the company said in a statement this afternoon. While Sony does not elaborate in this tweet, the Sony Twitter account makes it abundantly clear the decision is a result of the ongoing unrest across the United States, sparked by multiple incidents of police brutality this spring. It’s declared full support for the Black Lives Matter movement:
“Being silent about the violence and racism Black people experience is being complicit. We stand in solidarity today and every day with the Black community. #BlackLivesMatter. But actions always speak louder than words. And we’re working hard to make sure we at Sony are doing more than just stating we are allies. Right now, we want to use our platform to spread information & support. Please send links, resources, or other helpful information our way, and we’ll share them. When we all know more, we can do more.”
According to the New York Times, “at least 140” US cities have seen related protests in the last week, and if you’ve somehow missed all that, a quick trip to social will fill your eyeballs with smoke and violence.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 1, 2020
Sony isn’t alone; Microsoft, Bungie, Digital Extremes, Blizzard, Daybreak, Bethsoft, and Standing Stone Games have now made similar statements.
Black Lives Matterhttps://t.co/36o17Q3xTjhttps://t.co/fn1eLg5p64https://t.co/VHCaNWEgaIhttps://t.co/sw4IIMHBCThttps://t.co/X1AFf0uUK5 pic.twitter.com/d7G36mcjWU
— Bungie (@Bungie) June 1, 2020
Xbox stands together with our fans, creators, colleagues, friends, and the entire African American & Black Community against systemic racism and injustice.
We are proud to join with @Microsoft in amplifying Black and African American voices. https://t.co/sHrXqf454y
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 1, 2020
— Digital Extremes (@DigitalExtremes) June 1, 2020
— Daybreak Games (@DaybreakGames) June 1, 2020
— Activision Blizzard (@ATVI_AB) June 1, 2020
— Standing Stone Games (@StandingStoneMA) June 1, 2020
— Bethesda (@bethesda) June 1, 2020
Please be safe.
just got released after being detained by police in a parking garage (and then a series of immobile buses where I almost certainly got exposed to covid) for 14 hours as part of richmond’s crackdown on protests/riots. will have more thoughts later, but for now: acab
— Nathan Grayson (@Vahn16) June 1, 2020
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 2, 2020
We stand in solidarity with Black team members, players, and the Black community. We are making a $100,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and encourage those who are able to, to donate. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/KpHZCF6VWx
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) June 2, 2020
— Riot Games (@riotgames) May 31, 2020
— Humble Bundle (@humble) June 2, 2020
— Cloud Imperium Games (@CloudImperium) June 3, 2020
We at Echtra Games, Inc. stand in solidarity with those who are protesting police brutality & racial injustice.
Please consider donating to the following organizations assisting demonstrators, cleanup efforts, & criminal justice reform.https://t.co/SnsaX7MZZ7
— Play Torchlight (@PlayTorchlight) June 3, 2020
— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 3, 2020
— Improbable (@Improbableio) June 3, 2020
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 3, 2020
#BlackLivesMatter (1/2) pic.twitter.com/luAbZQWmuQ
— Square Enix (@SquareEnix) June 2, 2020
Black Lives Matter.
PAX is a community, and as community leaders we stand in solidarity with those who march against police violence and the system that allows it to continue. As part of this, we're making a donation to Black Lives Matter. https://t.co/MF3bRxYmoX
— PAX (@pax) June 3, 2020
We make games to bring people together. We can’t be silent in the face of the systemic injustice that harms the Black community. Instead, we stand in solidarity and call for safety, for equality, and for an end to the racist and brutal treatment of Black people in our country. https://t.co/kz783w0DDV
— Amazon Games (@AMZNGameStudios) June 3, 2020
We stand in solidarity to amplify the message towards addressing the treatment of Black Americans. We are making a $5,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, and while we know these are difficult times, we encourage you to take speak out and take action as well. pic.twitter.com/Bkqc9We6za
— Little Orbit (@littleorbit) June 3, 2020
Niantic’s statement is a lot more than a statement too.
We stand with the Black community & against white supremacy, racism, & police brutality & condemn the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop & countless others. Here's how we’re committing to change #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/jfYGinhl2e pic.twitter.com/Y0P3f1E2PQ
— Niantic – GONE EXPLORING #MeetYouOutThere 🧭 (@NianticLabs) June 3, 2020
We stand in solidarity with all people of color in the fight against violence, racial injustice and inequality. pic.twitter.com/yBpEBcccbJ
— NCSOFT (@NCSOFT_West) June 4, 2020
Kotaku has a piece up today with many but not all of these; it also includes a list of major gaming companies that haven’t spoken up at all, like Valve, Rockstar, and Epic Games.