Epic Games postponed the launch of season 3 of its very popular Fortnite battle royale game, which has more than 350 million registered players due to protests related to the murder of a black man by a white police officer.
In some ways, Epic Games is a little late in the postponement, following other announcements from Electronic Arts and Sony. On the other hand, it is a signal that the troubles in the United States linked to the Black Lives Matter and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis are having an impact beyond nine days of riots and protests. More and more companies are drawing attention to this issue and looking for permanently solve the race problem in the USA.
Do we have a long way to go? Yes, judging by the comments that players leave on tweets for each of these announcements.
Meanwhile, the Call of Duty League, which is the global esports league for the popular video game, has announced that it will postpone the Call of Duty League home series Minnesota Røkkr from the weekend of 12 to June 14.
Activision said Call of Duty League family plans to pay tribute to Floyd (a black man who was smothered on video by a white Minneapolis police officer, inflaming more than a week of unrest) and to dedicate the Home Series to support the struggle for social justice and the rights of black and minority communities, as well as organizations contributing to reconstruction efforts, both in Minneapolis and nationally.
And Infinity Ward, creator of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone, said in a tweet that he is investing more resources to ban racist gamers in his games. It already bans thousands of players a day.
– Infinity Room (@InfinityWard) June 3, 2020
CD Projekt Red also postponed its own Cyberpunk 2077 event until June 25.
Nintendo also said in a declaration that he is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in everything he does.
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 3, 2020
Here’s what Epic Games said.
Hi Fortnite community,
Recent events are a heavy reminder of persistent injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of both overt and subtle racism against people of color. We are fully aware of the pain that our friends, families, team members, players and communities are feeling.
We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics.
The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the launch of Season 3 with time so that the team can focus on themselves, their families and their communities.
The Device live event will be postponed to Monday June 15 and the launch of Season 3 to Wednesday June 17. We know that this delay occurs in the wake of another, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.
– Epic Games