EA, Pokemon Company, And More Game Companies Donating To Black Lives Matter And Related Causes
EVO, Games Done Quick, and itch.o also commit to funding after protests sweep the country.
After protests erupted in cities all over the United States in response to the police killing of George Floyd, a large number of studios and other game companies have made donations to the Black Lives Matter and other organizations like the NAACP and Color of Change. Companies from all corners of the industry have made contributions while encouraging others to do the same.
Pokemon Go developer Niantic is donating proceeds from Pokemon Go Fest 2020 ticket sales, committing to a minimum of $5 million, to "Black gaming and AR creators that can live on the Niantic platform" and "US nonprofit organizations that are helping local communities rebuild." It is also donating $100,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute while also matching employee donations up to another $50,00.
Bethesda Softworks is donating $250,000 toward organizations fighting for racial justice, and will be creating a diversity council to help its internal diversity initiatives. It will also create a mentorship program and a global service day so employees can volunteer.
We stand with the Black community & against white supremacy, racism, & police brutality & condemn the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop & countless others. Here's how we’re committing to change #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/jfYGinhl2e pic.twitter.com/Y0P3f1E2PQ— Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) June 3, 2020
EA is donating $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and other organizations in the future. It is also double matching any funds people donate through their YourCause program during the month of June.
Ubisoft is making an $100,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter while encouraging others to donate.
We stand in solidarity with Black team members, players, and the Black community. We are making a $100,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and encourage those who are able to, to donate. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/KpHZCF6VWx— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) June 2, 2020
Devolver Digital and its employees combined in donating $65,000 in support of Black Lives Matter.
The individual employees of Devolver Digital and the company itself have donated $65,000 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement through the link below.— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) June 2, 2020
We urge industry peers and partners to donate as they are able.#BlackLivesMatterhttps://t.co/6mbe9Z1xrv
Humble Bundle announced a $1 million dollar fund dedicated to helping publish games by black developers.
Square Enix is pledging $250,000 to Black Lives Matters and other charities, along with matches from employee donations, in order "to help combat racial injustice and positively affect change in the world."
The Pokemon Company is making a $100,000 donation to both the NAACP and Black Lives Matter.
Bossa Studio, the development team behind Surgeon Simulator, is donating $100 per employee and matching individual donations.
Independent game storefront itch.io is hosting the "Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality" with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. Any developer can offer their game as part of the bundle with a minimum price of $5. It has received more than $1.6 million thus far.
— itch.io (@itchio) June 2, 2020
Journey developer thatgamecompany is donating $20,000 to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP.
Double Fine is donating $12,000 to Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Color of Change.
A message from everyone at Double Fine Productions about current events: pic.twitter.com/gg6GKdK1FH— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) June 4, 2020
EVO, the Las Vegas-based fighting game tournament organizer, is donating $7,500 to both the NAACP and Lake Street Council's We Love Lake Street project, a fundraising effort to rebuild businesses destroyed by looting on one of Minneapolis's major streets.
Evo supports #BlackLivesMatter and the recent protests fighting against the police brutality that disproportionately affects Black Americans. To support the movement we are donating $7,500 each to @NAACP_LDF and @VisitLakeStreet— EVO (@EVO) June 1, 2020
Games Done Quick is donating $2,500 to the Lake Street Council as well as giving all proceeds received from Twitch bits and subscriptions for the month of July to the NAACP.
Untitled Goose Game developer House House is donating $10,000 split evenly between Black Lives Matter and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Complete solidarity with everyone across the US protesting against systemic white supremacy in the face of police violence.— House House (@house_house_) June 4, 2020
We've donated $10,000 to be split amongst 60+ community bail funds and mutual aid funds.
Abolish cops. Black lives matter.https://t.co/0Bqrn4Hn6p
Valorant and League of Legends developer Riot Games is committing $1 million to fighting systematic racism.
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