EA has delayed the first reveal for Madden NFL 21, in light of protests in the US due to the death of George Floyd. A trailer was set to be released yesterday, June 1, but the publisher has since decided to postpone its unveiling.
EA released a statement via its official Twitter feed, which reads: “We had committed to celebrating Madden NFL 21 with you, but we’re not going to do that now,”
They added: “We stand with our African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners. 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 our world.”
“We’ll find another time to talk football with you. Because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to change.”
Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis, after police officer Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. Since then, Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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The case has led to ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests across the US, and further protests have developed in London and Auckland.
Elsewhere, Infinity Ward and Activision further decided to postpone the new season release dates for both Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 4 and Call Of Duty: Mobile.
According to Call Of Duty’s official Twitter account, it reads: “While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time. “
“We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates. Right now, it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice, and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you.”