Rockstar Games has announced that it will be temporarily shutting down Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online during today's memorial for George Floyd, whose death while in police custody has prompted marches and protests all over the United States of America and around the world.
This will take place today, Thursday, 6 June between 2pm-4pm ET / 7pm-9pm BST. Over the past few weeks, we have seen the Black Lives Matter movement gain a lot of momentum, and rightfully so. Brands from all over the world have gathered to show support and fight towards the end of discrimination towards black people. A number of companies are turning those words into actions, whether it's delaying game announcements in deference to the protestors, making donations to charity, or symbolic gestures such as this that will help to continue to raise awareness.
According to Kotaku, other Take-Two games will also go offline to show support for Black Lives Matter, including National Basketball Association 2K, Dragon City, and Monster Legends.
Both Red Dead Online and GTA Online center around players partaking in "criminal" activity that often pits them up against other players or NPCs in the form of police officers or other members of the criminal justice system.
The disaster of George Floyd also postponed the start of Season 3 in Fortnite and Season 4 in Modern Warfare.