In response to the May 25 police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against racist police violence, numerous game developers, publishers, and storefronts have expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media. Some have also begun making donations to support BLM and related causes, and are urging others to do the same.
Humble Bundle announced a $1 million fund dedicated to publishing games by Black developers. It also urged its users to support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or Race Forward, although unfortunately these organizations can't be selected as supportable charities through Humble Bundle purchases.
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Ubisoft committed to a $100,000 donation to the NAACP (opens in new tab) and Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab), saying, "The killing of George Floyd and the systemic racism faced by the Black community is deeply disturbing and painful."
We stand in solidarity with Black team members, players, and the Black community. We are making a $100,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and encourage those who are able to, to donate. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/KpHZCF6VWxJune 2, 2020
Devolver Digital and its employees made a $65,000 donation in support of the Black Lives Matter movement through ActBlue (opens in new tab), which enables users to split their donations between multiple organizations fighting racism and police brutality.
The individual employees of Devolver Digital and the company itself have donated $65,000 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement through the link below.We urge industry peers and partners to donate as they are able.#BlackLivesMatterhttps://t.co/6mbe9Z1xrvJune 2, 2020
Bossa Studios is donating $100 for every employee and matching individual donations made to Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab).
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Love Island developer Fusebox Games is donating all its profits from Tuesday to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (opens in new tab), a UK charity that helps disadvantaged young people.
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackOutTuesday pic.twitter.com/hevp9e1GR3June 2, 2020
Itch.io is putting together a pay-what-you want Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality (opens in new tab), with a minimum $5 purchase price, with funds raised split between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ActBlue's Community Bail Fund (opens in new tab). The bundle will be available from June 5-15.
Game developers: We're hosting a bundle where anyone can participate. Proceeds from your games will be donated directly to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund.Join us: https://t.co/Xsz6MwTTIQ#BlackLivesMatterJune 2, 2020
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/A4Tm0xV0w0June 2, 2020
Games Done Quick made a $2,500 donation to Lake Street Council's "We Love Lake Street (opens in new tab)" project that supports the rebuilding of small businesses and non-profits on Lake Street in Minneapolis, and also pledged all Twitch subscription and bit donation revenues for the month of June to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (opens in new tab).
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Square Enix pledged $250,000 to support Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab) and other charities including Showing Up for Racial Justice (opens in new tab), the Antiracist Research and Policy Center (opens in new tab), Equal Justice Initiative (opens in new tab), and Colorlines (opens in new tab), and also promised to match individual employee donations.
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Evo supports #BlackLivesMatter and the recent protests fighting against the police brutality that disproportionately affects Black Americans. To support the movement we are donating $7,500 each to @NAACP_LDF and @VisitLakeStreetJune 1, 2020
Electronic Arts has committed $1 million to organizations dedicated to fighting racial injustice and discrimination in the US and around the world, beginning with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (opens in new tab) and Equal Justice Initiative (opens in new tab), and promised to double-match all employee contributions (opens in new tab) made through its Yourcause program during the month of June.
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Double Fine Productions has donated $12,000 to Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (opens in new tab), and Color of Change (opens in new tab). "Donations cannot bring back those claimed by police brutality and violence," the studio said. "Still, we encourage our players to join us in supporting these charities or similar ones based in your own communities."
A message from everyone at Double Fine Productions about current events: pic.twitter.com/gg6GKdK1FHJune 4, 2020
2K Games has pledged to increase funding to its 2K Foundations (opens in new tab) program by $1 million, and to expand its mandate "to help fight racial injustice and inequalities in black communities around the globe."
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Rockstar Games has not provided a specific dollar amount, but after taking GTA Online and Red Dead Online servers offline for two hours this afternoon to show support for Black Lives Matter, it said fans could express their own support by "joining us in donating" to civil rights organizations through the Charity Navigator (opens in new tab) website.
Game services are resumed. As a reminder, you can further honor George Floyd and the many victims of America's racial injustices by joining us in donating to any of the organizations listed here: https://t.co/yIQu2R1pJbJune 4, 2020
The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian Entertainment has committed to a $25,000 donation to the NAACP (opens in new tab), "to help with those who are fighting for justice."
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Mojang Studios has pledged to donate all profits earned on sales of Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons, and Minecraft Marketplace content to Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab), Equal Justice Initiative (opens in new tab), and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (opens in new tab). June 19, also known as "Juneteenth," is a US holiday that celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation that declared the end of legal slavery in the country.
Join us in support of the Black community. Learn more about Black Lives Matter at https://t.co/34gCALVbca, Equal Justice Initiative at https://t.co/ntLEGfBoIk, and the NAACP LDF at https://t.co/KUeHZawSC4 pic.twitter.com/iq29SX0LB7June 5, 2020
League of Legends studio Riot Games has pledged $1 million of donations through its Social Impact (opens in new tab) fund, beginning with contributions to The Innocence Project (opens in new tab) and the American Civil Liberties Union (opens in new tab), and has also "committed to a new objective of deploying $10 million towards investments and startup programs focused on founders underrepresented in the games community."
A note from Riot’s President Dylan Jadeja on the commitment to drive change. https://t.co/DdBaub6oyz pic.twitter.com/pMnjdGl6duJune 5, 2020
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick pledged $1 million to support the United Negro College Fund, the Equal Justice initiative, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, along with a $1 million personal pledge and another $1 million from Activision Blizzard to match employee donations.
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We'll update this list with other gaming companies that choose to support Black Lives Matter and Black game makers as we can. We've also assembled a list of resources (opens in new tab) on the Black Lives Matter movement and protests, including reading lists and videos, information on how to prepare for protests and links to donate to funds supporting protesters, the families of victims, and black businesses and charities.