EA Play Live 2020 postponed in light of Black Lives Matter movement

Electronic Arts EA Play event (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Electronic Arts EA Play event (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Electronic Arts continues to take steps to help raise awareness for social injustice and system racism, postponing EA Play Live 2020 by one week.

Video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts continues to take a stand against social injustice and system racism. After delaying the gameplay reveal for Madden 21 indefinitely in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, EA has now announced that EA PLAY Live 2020 will be postponed as well.

The annual event, dedicated to showcasing EA’s catalog of games, has been pushed back one week and will now take place on June 18. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. EDT.

In fewer words this time, EA essentially echoed its previous sentiment the that the decision to postpone the event by one week was made in order to continue “to drive change against the “unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.” EA’s stance comes amid countrywide protests in the United States which were sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

"“With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we’re moving our time to come together in play.”"

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The delays by EA, and other game companies, have been made so that the Black Lives Matter movement continues to remain in the spotlight. In addition to ensuring the conversation remains focused on social injustice, EA has also pledged a $1 million contribution to organizations dedicated to fighting for racial justice in the United States and against discrimination throughout the world.

EA isn’t alone in its actions. Sony also postponed its PlayStation 5 reveal event and Activision delayed the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4. Fortnite also delayed its Chapter 2 Season 3 debut and the Cyberpunk 2077 news broadcast, Night City Wire, has been pushed back from June 11 to June 25. Valve’s Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, which was originally slated to run June 9-14, will now run from June 16-22.

While it sucks that we will have to wait a little longer to see all of these exciting new games, it sucks even more to be the victim of systemic injustice and racial bias. The actions by these companies to delay their big announcements and releases won’t fix the problems plaguing America, but it continues to keep the spotlight on the issues that truly matter.

The news cycle moves fast in America. By delaying a new console or game reveal, it hopefully means the Black Lives Matter movement continues to be heard.