EA SPORTS Postpones Trailer Release Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement
On May 31st, EA SPORTS issued an official statement on the Madden NFL Twitter account, canceling the new 2021 edition’s trailer release. Instead, they posted a graphic which ended with “We’ll find another time to talk football with you. Because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to a change.” Some commenters said things like “You guys are a video-game company, and this is extra,” or “Nice. Jumping on the bandwagon.” Regardless of their motives (which we can never know), and what singular people have said behind their computer-screens, EA SPORTS showed real class by stepping outside of the “strictly gaming” bubble.
It must be difficult for high-profile gaming companies to make statements that go beyond gaming itself, and for that fact alone, I applaud EA SPORTS for taking the risk. Gaming is all about inclusivity, collaboration, and friendly competition. EA SPORTS wanted to use their platform to spread awareness, which isn’t a crime in the least.
Madden NFL 21 is set to release this August on PC, Xbox, and PS4, and for Xbox Series X and PS5 when those consoles become available. Madden NFL 20 was a game that got generally mixed reviews, so hopefully, this new installment will try as hard to polish the gameplay as they have with the graphics. EA SPORTS’ Twitter post also got generally mixed “reviews,” but I applaud them for stepping-out.
What is your opinion on gaming-companies issuing statements on real-life issues?