Halo Developer Speaks Out Against Racism, Will Donate Microtransaction Revenue To NAACP
343 Industries says it stands united with its black colleagues, friends, players, and communities.
Microsoft's Halo development team, 343 Industries, is taking a stand against racism. In a statement posted on social media, the developer said the studio "stands united with our black colleagues, friends, players, and communities in the fight against racism. We emphatically believe that Black Lives Matter."
343 is putting its money where its mouth is, too. The company announced that it will donate 100 percent of the revenue from all Halo 5: Guardians microtransaction sales between June 19 and July 19. The money will be given to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Halo 5's microtransactions come in the form of Req packs. Microtransactions in Halo 5 have proven to be lucrative, so this new charity campaign could bring in a lot of money for the NAACP.
343's statement goes on to say, "We also know we have work to do in our own backyard to combat racist behavior in our games. Racism, bigotry, and hate speech have no place in Halo and we will enforce our zero-tolerance policy with every means at our disposal."
This statement follows a message from community director Brian Jarrard, who promised that 343 is increasing its efforts to ban players for racist and hateful behavior.
The next Halo game is Halo Infinite, which is a launch title for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft will show off more of Halo Infinite during an event in July.
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