Industry Events Postponed Due to Protests Taking Place in United States
As it turns out, 2020 doesn't seem content to slow down any time soon. Lately, it seems like one bad thing after another keeps springing up each and every month. The latest? Riots and protests. That's definitely not the full story of it, however. If you've been keeping an eye on the news lately, you'll quickly discover that America has been in disarray this past week. It all started when video footage surfaced of a police officer pinning one George Floyd down on the ground with the former's knee on the latter's neck. All the while, Floyd was heard repeating that he couldn't breathe. Soon after, Floyd died. The situation has quickly spiraled into a nationwide protest on the state of things with police in the United States, and how it relates to the treatment thrown at people of color. Dozens of cities across the US saw protests and riots from thousands of people, with many resulting in establishments being destroyed, things being set on fire, and many injured in scuffles between law enforcement and citizens. Needless to say: Things aren't good right now.
Due to all of this, a couple of industry and gaming-related events have now been postponed until further notice. The first of these comes in the form of Sony's PS5 conference. Earlier last week, the company revealed that they would be holding a PS5 games lineup showcase on June 4th to showcase the launch titles for their next-gen console. Yesterday, Sony revealed that they have reversed that decision. "We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4th," their post on Twitter reads. "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard." It's a respectful move that shows just how loud the movement has grown, and a sobering reminder that now isn't the time for pleasantries and reveals.
The same mindset is in place at Activision, Call of Duty's main publisher. A new season was beginning for a handful of Call of Duty entries, including Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile. The planned releases for new content have since been postponed. The news was revealed on Call of Duty's official Twitter account, which posted a very similar statement to Sony's: "While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time. We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates," it reads. "Right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice, and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you." It's unknown what new dates will be set for these titles, but right now, our attention should be focused elsewhere.
Indeed, the voices of many are now being heard more than ever before. Posts on social media sites everywhere are being dominated with #blackouttuesday, a worldwide show of solidarity and a time of silence for those who need to be heard. It's hard to tell what will transpire in the coming months as a result of all of this, but we can hope that it will bring about significant, and meaningful, change. Don't be too surprised if other upcoming gaming events are postponed as a result of this as well. It falls smack-dab in time with the various company conferences that were planned for this summer as a result of E3's cancellation. Typing that sentence just kind of clarified how wild 2020 has been. In a world that's been torn apart by a viral pandemic, as well as a country torn apart by racial injustice, the hope for happier times ahead has never been more apparent. Stay safe out there, everyone, and go enjoy the little things.