The PlayStation 5 reveal event has been delayed, as Sony stand in solidarity with US protests

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Sony have delayed the PlayStation 5 reveal event that was due to take place this week on 4th June, issuing a simple statement on Twitter.

The statement reads:

We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4.

While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.

It follows social media posts made in the last few days by Sony, Microsoft and others, standing in solidarity with those in the US who have been protesting against police brutality over the last few weeks.

The protests have spread through the US and around the globe following the killing of George Floyd. He died after police officer Derek Chauvin restricted his breathing by placing a knee across his neck, despite protestations from Floyd that he could not breathe. After days of protests, Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

George Floyd’s death was the latest in a long line of killings of black individuals by police through heavy handed approaches, and it seems to have been the spark that set off a powder keg. As the protests have spread, cities across the US have put curfews in place though this has not stopped confrontations between police and protestors, with many more instances of the police riling up protestors or using violence without provocation being recorded over the last week.

Earlier today, EA announced that they were were similarly delaying the reveal of NFL Madden 21. That game is obviously incredibly US centric with a predominantly US audience, but also a high proportion of Black American sports personalities. The sport has been indelibly linked with the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, thanks to Colin Kaepernick and fellow players kneeling during the national anthem.

Question marks can now be raised about other game events that were planned to take place in the coming weeks, including IGN’s Summer of Games, the Guerrilla Collective stream, and more.

Source: Twitter

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  1. Holy **** some of the replies to that tweet are disgusting. How can people live in such a bubble?

  2. Hopefully this time something changes

    This is America though, someone recently described it to me as a third world country with make up on, which unfortunately seems very apt too much of the time

  3. I’m disappointed, of course, but Sony has my full respect for it. There’s much more important things that need to be sorted out than presenting new games, especially in the US.

  4. That is disappointing but an understandable decision given the circumstances.

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