“‘Call of Duty’ adds ‘Black Lives Matter’ message to loading screen”
June 5, 2020 | 10:14am | Updated June 5, 2020 | 10:15am
The best-selling shooting game now includes a message splashed on its loading screen with “Black Lives Matter” written in large, bold print.
“Our community is hurting,” the statement, first spotted by The Verge, reads. “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.”
The message — which pops up any time players boot the game up or switch between modes on the game’s menu — arrived after developer Infinity Ward announced that it was busy “issuing thousands of daily bans of racist and hate-oriented names,” but acknowledged that it has “to do more.”
Earlier this week, popular video game “Fortnite” announced that it was delaying its end-of-season event in the wake of the George Floyd protests, saying that it was giving “time for the team to focus on themselves, their families and their communities.”
Shares of publisher Activision Blizzard were down nearly 2 percent in early morning trading.
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