Activision recently delayed the start of the next season of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, saying now isn’t the time to release it in the face of the global protests following the death of George Floyd. Other games such as Fortnite have also delayed the start of the next season so as not to take away any attention from the current issues and the message of Black Lives Matter.
Other companies showed support, including Rockstar, who shut down servers for GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for a time, and 2K who added Black Lives Matter and I Can’t Breathe shirts to NBA 2K20.
Now Activision have continued with their message in an attempt to bring attention to the issues the world is going through with a new Black Lives Matter loading screen before you load into the game.
The loading screen 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 endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be.
Activision have also vowed to crack down on racist usernames, too, issuing bans to offending players. Players have also criticized the decision for games to delay new seasons, citing that these companies could do more than just say words by donating profits from the season passes to charities to support Black Lives Matter, but as of yet, no company has chosen to do this.