Sony, EA, and the gaming community stand up for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
This Thursday, June 4th, Sony intended on staging one of the first PS5 reveal events, meant to lift the veil on some of the expected launch titles. Today, however, Sony has officially issued a statement confirming that the event has been delayed, alluding to the ongoing protests honoring George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all victims of racially-fueled police brutality.
"We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4th," begins Sony's statement. "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel like right now is a time for celebration, and for now we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard." It should be noted that while George Floyd wasn't mentioned directly by name, it's clear that Sony understands the impact of his growing legacy and the movement that his tragic death has sparked.
Likewise does EA, who also postponed their own "Madden 21" PS5 event in solidarity with the movement. "We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners," writes EA. "Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and world."
Check out both statements below. As of now, both Sony and EA have postponed their respective events indefinitely.