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Humble, Ubisoft, Devolver, and other game companies make donations to Black Lives Matter and related causes

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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 and Black Lives Matter, saying, "The killing of George Floyd and the systemic racism faced by the Black community is deeply disturbing and painful."

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Devolver Digital and its employees made a $65,000 donation in support of the Black Lives Matter movement through ActBlue, which enables users to split their donations between multiple organizations fighting racism and police brutality.

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Bossa Studios is donating $100 for every employee and matching individual donations made to Black Lives Matter

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Love Island developer Fusebox Games is donating all its profits from Tuesday to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, a UK charity that helps disadvantaged young people. 

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Itch.io is putting together a pay-what-you want Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, with a minimum $5 purchase price, with funds raised split between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ActBlue's Community Bail Fund. The bundle will be available from June 5-15. 

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Journey developer thatgamecompany is donating $20,000 to Black Lives Matter and NAACP.

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Games Done Quick made a $2,500 donation to Lake Street Council's "We Love Lake Street" 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.

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Square Enix pledged $250,000 to support Black Lives Matter and other charities including Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, Equal Justice Initiative, and Colorlines, and also promised to match individual employee donations.

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Evolution Championship Series donated $7,500 each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the We Love Lake Street project in Minneapolis—yesterday. 

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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 and Equal Justice Initiative, and promised to double-match all employee contributions 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, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Color of Change. "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."

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2K Games has pledged to increase funding to its 2K Foundations 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 website.

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The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian Entertainment has committed to a $25,000 donation to the NAACP, "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, Equal Justice Initiative, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. 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. 

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League of Legends studio Riot Games has pledged $1 million of donations through its Social Impact fund, beginning with contributions to The Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union, 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."

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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 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.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.