Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the United States, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota Police has left the country and especially the black community demoralized, fearful, and frustrated -- a powder keg of emotions that led to widespread protests and riots.
As a result, the #blacklivesmatter movement fighting for racial equality has dominated the narrative and conversation around the nation. Somehow, Covid-19 seems small in comparison to the global uprising against police brutality and the US Governments decade long decisions to heavily militarize law enforcement.
In other words, video games and new releases aren't exactly a priority in the minds of consumers right now. Before the explosion of racial tension in the US, Sony Interaction Entertainment planned a live stream on June 4th at 4:00 PM EDT with the intent to share new details surrounding the Playstation 5. Sony also planned to show footage of new PS5 games -- all across YouTube and Twitch for a little over an hour.
But that event has now officially been postponed. On Twitter, Sony made the announcement on June 1st, explaining that despite the excitement over the event, now is not "a time for celebration". Despite being somewhat vague, Sony isn't the first company to take a stance in support of #BLM protestors.
Nike, Viacom, Twitter, Warner Bros., Riot, Naughty Dog, EA Sports, and more industry giants have made announcements regarding their support. Sony represents one of the most massive forces in the game industry to publically address the movement.
On the same day, Xbox and Microsoft made similar tweets in support of their black community and fanbase. Nintendo, the remaining console leader in the gaming industry, has yet to make a statement on social media about the protest or the #BLM movement.
Warcraft 3 is my one true love and I will challenge anyone to a game of Super Smash Brothers Melee.