Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will be offline temporarily to honor George Floyd, and support the Black Lives Matter movement, Rockstar Games announced this week
Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will be offline temporarily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Rockstar Games said. The announcement was followed up with a request that the consumers of Rockstar Games’ titles join the company and others in supporting Black-owned business and joining other efforts to support Black communities and fight against discrimination.
Rockstar’s announcement was shared on social media well ahead of the planned downtime for Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online. The time for the games going offline was followed by the urging for others to take part in how they can in honoring lives lost and those who need assistance.
Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.
Following the memorial, we hope you will join us in further honoring the many victims of America’s racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the streets, and coalitions through the organizations.Rockstar games Twitter
Both games are the online versions of their extremely popular single-player counterparts. While the games drew in a considerable number of players for their stories, it’s the online component of Grand Theft Auto V that’s kept players held for years after the game’s release and has contributed to its continued success. Millions of players will not able to play in online games once the servers are taken offline.
This is the first public comment Rockstar has made about the death of George Floyd’s. Other companies have made similar efforts to postpone their plans for events, delay releases, and to donate money towards various organizations to support Black lives matter.
Humble Bundle has committed money towards Black game developers, for example, and Sony has delayed its PlayStation 5 event to free up space for more pressing matters to be discussed. Rockstar has not announced any more details about its plans for support whether that means donating or other efforts beyond shutting down the two online games.