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GTA Online and Red Dead Online are closing this afternoon to show support for Black Lives Matter

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Rockstar Games has announced that GTA Online and Red Dead Online will be closed for two hours today, from 2 pm ET to 4 pm ET today, "to honor the legacy of George Floyd." Floyd was killed on May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, an incident that sparked ongoing protests against police violence and racism across the US and around the world.

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Rockstar also encouraged its fans to support civil rights organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Equal Justice Initiative, and the National Black Child Development Institute, through the Charity Navigator (opens in new tab) website.

According to Kotaku (opens in new tab), other Take-Two games will also go offline to show support for Black Lives Matter, including NBA 2K, Dragon City, and Monster Legends.

Taking games offline for a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon is only a gesture, and as for material support 2K Games said yesterday that it is increasing funding to its 2K Foundations (opens in new tab) program by an additional $1 million, and "expanding its mission to help fight racial injustice and inequalities in black communities around the globe." 

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2K launched the program in 2018 in partnership with Microsoft, "to support underserved communities across the nation."

Other publishers and gaming organizations making donations to Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab) and related causes including Humble Bundle, Ubisoft, Devolver Digital, Electronic Arts, Games Done Quick, and Itch.io.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.