EA Sports has delayed plans to unveil a first look at Madden NFL 21 today, saying its immediate attention is "actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systematic bias that is plaguing this nation and our world."
The company's comments follow widespread US protests surrounding the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, with EA revealing its decision via a statement on Twitter:
"We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systematic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.
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 change."
Lots of other developers, publishers and industry figures (including Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg) have recently spoken out using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter as well. As for Madden NFL 21, we're guessing the first look could be pushed back to the EA Play Live event taking place on June 11th.