Electronic Arts has postponed EA Play Live by seven days, in mild of the worldwide protests towards racial injustice and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd.
“With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we’re moving our time to come together in play,” EA introduced Friday in a statement posted on Twitter. The firm stated that it now plans to current a livestreamed E3-esque showcase at 7 p.m. EDT on June 18, precisely one week after its initially scheduled time.
Earlier this week, EA CEO Andrew Wilson introduced that the corporate is taking a series of actions to support the fight against racial injustice. They embody making a $1 million donation to organizations such because the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
EA has not given any indication of what it can present at EA Play Live, saying solely that viewers ought to anticipate “world premieres, news and more!” The writer beforehand pushed again its Madden NFL 21 reveal as a present of respect for the aforementioned Black Lives Matter protests; EA had deliberate to unveil the sport on Monday, June 1. The solely different introduced titles in EA’s 2020 slate are FIFA 21, NHL 21, and the digital actuality recreation Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
For years now, EA has run EA Play as its personal E3-adjacent press briefing that’s unaffiliated with the precise conference. This 12 months, the corporate introduced it will flip the present right into a digital occasion because of the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation of E3 2020 as an in-person conference has left a vacuum within the gaming occasion schedule, and publishers of all sizes have stuffed it with plans for livestreams of their very own.