A message in support of Black Lives Matter has been added to loading screens in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Video Games Chronicle (VGC) reports that in both games the message appears in loading screens. In Modern Warfare this message appears when the game is booted up, while in Warzone it appears before every multiplayer match.
VGC’s report is supported by others discussing the loading message on Twitter [1, 2, 3, 4], along with a YouTube video showing the message appear in Warzone. In the video, it appears the message appears on boot up as well.
For those relying on machine translation, you can find that message below.
“BLACK LIVES MATTER
Our community is hurting.
The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage.
Call of Duty and Infinity Ware stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures.
Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be.”
Other efforts made with Call of Duty include Activision delaying several Call of Duty titles’ seasons, and Infinity Ward redoubling efforts to ban users with racist or hateful usernames in their games.
Other video game companies have also took part in Blackout Tuesday (changing their profile pictures to a solid black image, along with only posting a solid black image on social media that day), and have offered donations or organized fund-raisers.
Many other US companies and organizations have offered their support of Black Lives Matter at this time. As such, it is entirely possible the other presentations and showcases currently set for June could be cancelled.