IGN postpones its Summer of Gaming event from June 5 to June 8. The pushback comes in “respect for and in support” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the tweet shared on the gaming media company’s Twitter, the move of Summer of Gaming is an offer of “reflection, action, and commitment to meaningful change.”
The company is also participating in Blackout Tuesday. This event is an effort across gaming media companies to solemnify the movement. The games industry is going out in support of protests against racism and police brutality.
Gaming media companies in condemnation of racism
Companies are in an active condemnation of the George Floyd murder and the racism it entails. The company knows that there are more important things to focus on other than games.
“Black Lives Matter. Period. IGN will go silent today in support of Blackout Tuesday to encourage reflection and dedicate ourselves to meaningful change in our community,” said the company.
The change of dates stems from the current rage of protests in the United States. While the Black Lives Matter is not a new movement, recent events pushed for more activity. This uprising came from the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin.
The police officer will receive a charge for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Black Lives Matter. Period. IGN will go silent today in support of Blackout Tuesday to encourage reflection and dedicate ourselves to meaningful change in our community. https://t.co/Fx1BbOSKKy pic.twitter.com/ROQERvrobV
— IGN (@IGN) June 2, 2020
Fellow officers on the brass witnessed the entire event of the murder. Chauvin pushed his knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of eight minutes. The black man died from asphyxiation, noted his independent autopsy.
Video game industry in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Summer of Gaming is not the only video game event that will not push through this week. Several event cancellations and acts of charity from the video game industry comes in solidarity.
The video games industry is famous for its diversity and progressive attitudes.
For starters, Humble Bundle is setting aside $1 million for use in funding. This money will help games published by Black developers to push through.
Game publisher Square Enix pledged $250,000 for the movement too. Square Enix also promised to match employee donations as support of various Black assistance organizations.
Ubisoft is donating $100,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter too.
Summer of Gaming is a digital-only replacement for canceled gaming conventions. The event will feature a variety of game releases and other announcements.
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