- Aug 25, 2020
In response to the global protests following the death of George Floyd, many games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and NBA 2K20, have added in-game Black Lives Matter tributes. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, after delaying Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile's upcoming seasons and committing to ban racist names from its online modes, has added an update that prompts a Black Lives Matter message to each and every Modern Warfare player as they log on. The message reads "Black Lives Matter. Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community enures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be." As reported by Kotaku, NBA 2K20 has also chosen to use its platform for Black Lives Matter and is giving away three free shirts for players to wear on their in-game avatars. These shirts say "Black Lives Matter," "I Can't Breathe," and "Say Their Names." [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image Credit: Kotaku[/caption] In addition, a message pops up in-game saying "In Memoriam - George Floyd, Black Lives Matter #BLM." In the neighborhood hub world section of NBA 2K20, many players wore the free shirts and protested in-game, all while large "Black Lives Matter" posters adorned the surrounding buildings. [caption id="attachment_236080" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Image Credit: @FlyWithoutWings[/caption] The in-game tributes accompany the many companies around the world spreading the Black Lives Matter message and stepping back to allow for important voices to be heard. In a mission to not take over this important conversation, Sony delayed its PlayStation 5 reveal event, Fortnite delayed Chapter 2 Season 3, Rockstar shut down GTA Online and Red Dead Online for 2 hours, and the Cyberpunk 2077 news broadcast, Night City Wire, was delayed from June 11 to June 25. IGN stands in solidarity with the black community, and condemns racism. We encourage those reading to donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and support the fight for racial justice. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can't say this loudly enough - Black Lives Matter.. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.