Rockstar took down GTA and Red Dead online modes in memory of George Floyd

Rockstar took down GTA and Red Dead online modes in memory of George Floyd

Games giant Rockstar shut down access to Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online in yesterday in order to pay tribute to George Floyd.

In a post on Twitter (below), the studio said that it was taking its online titles down between 2pm and 4pm ET (7pm–to–9pm BST) on Thursday, June 4th to remember the man whose death triggered the #BlackLivesMatter protests across the United States and around the world.

In a subsequent tweet after access to the online games was restored, the Grand Theft Auto giant pointed its users towards Charity Navigator, a site that lists organisations that fight to defend civil rights and protect legal rights.

Rockstar is one of many games companies to voice its support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and one of an even shorter list that has taken any action to spread the message and promote the cause. Double Fine has donated $12,000 to anti-racist charities, while Humble has created a $1m fund to publish games from black developers.

You can find out how to support the cause here

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