Take-Two Interactive and its subsidiaries, Rockstar Games and 2K Games are supporting Black Lives Matter. And “to honor the legacy of George Floyd,” games such as Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, and NBA 2K will be shut down in a moment of silence. According to the company’s announcement on Thursdays, the servers will not be working for about two hours.
The protests are still going on all across the United States. The death of George Floyd pushed people to riot against the racial injustice. Floyd’s life was taken brutally by a policeman on May 25 in Minneapolis. Since then, many companies, including game developers and publishers, have shared their supportive statements online.
May 25, 2020, will always be remembered as a wake-up call to humanity. The outrage of the American residents was instant, and the whole world joined in.
“Black Lives Matter,” said Rockstar Games on its official Twitter account. “To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.”
“Following the memorial,” Rockstar added in a follow-up tweet, “we hope you will join us in further honoring the many victims of America’s racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the streets, and coalitions.”
Other games included on the list are Dragon City and Monster Legend. These are part of the 2K Games and Social Point companies. Plus, The Outer Worlds and Kerbal Space Program will also pay respect to the African-American’s memory. These were published by Private Division.
“George Floyd’s memory will serve as a reminder that racism and the violence it incites cannot be tolerated,” Take-Two Interactive said. “We are committed to supporting efforts to eradicate racial injustice and stand in solidarity with the Black community against this systemic issue that causes conflict and division in our society.”
The virtual moment of silence will start at 2-4 p.m. EDT on Thursday.