EA sports industry stand in support of black community as protests continues. Game makers, esports organisations, content creators, and players show their support for the Black community as protests and civil unrest erupt in major metropolitan areas across the United States.
Some of the big names in the industry standing alongside the nation in support of the Black Community include Riot Games, EA Sports, Astro Gaming and Twitch. EA Sports has also made the decision to have the Madden NFL 21 unveiling postponed to focus on what is more important.
“We stand with our African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against unjust treatment and systematic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile Twitch expressed “Black people have been suffering under the oppressive weight of racism in America for far too long, We cannot delight in the creative contributions of the Black community on Twitch and remain silent while they are in pain,” the statement read. “We’re asking you to come together and stand up for Black lives whether it’s through your time, treasure, or talent. Don’t let today’s injustice stop us from creating a better tomorrow for our community.”
Additionally, nine from the 10 League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) teams issued statements in support of the Black community. The teams include 100 Thieves, Cloud9, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, Immortals, Team Liquid, and Team SoloMid.
The protests comes after the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s life was taken away by police officer Derek Chauvin who held him down by the neck with his knee. In the viral video, Floyd is heard saying “I can’t breathe”. Chauvin has since then been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.