Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that EA Play Live has been postponed, due to the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
EA Play Live was originally due to broadcast on June 11th, showing new games from the publisher after E3 2020 was officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came from EA’s official Twitter account. For those relying on machine translation, you can find that message below.
“With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world righr now, we’re moving our time to come together in play.
We’ll see you at EA PLAY Live 2020 on June 18 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT.”
The announcement comes amid the protests and subsequent riots across the US over the death of George Floyd. This has also resulted in delays and postponements by PlayStation, EA Sports, IGN, Guerrilla Collective, along with Activision and Infinity Ward with the Call of Duty franchise [1, 2].
Take-Two Interactive, closed the servers for Red Dead Online, Grand Theft Auto Online, and NBA 2K20 for two hours to “honor the legacy of George Floyd.” NBA 2K20 also added free Black Lives Matter t-shirts to the game.
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.