Following the death of George Floyd, protests have sprung up nationwide speaking out against racial injustice. Many game companies have been stating their support of the black community during this time, and today, Nintendo joined those voices.
In a Twitter statement on the Nintendo of America account, the video game publisher and console manufacturer voiced its support for the black community. It also spoke out against the injustices seen in recent days.
"Nintendo shares the pain felt in the United States after the tragic death of George Floyd, and we stand with the Black community and all those who recognize our shared humanity and fundamental belief in equity and justice," the statement reads. "We reject bias, exclusion, oppression, and the violence that leads to these completely unnecessary deaths. We are committed to fostering equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of our business and the work we do."
Nintendo joins a number of companies that have released statements, including publishers like Ubisoft and Riot Games, as well as fellow console makers Xbox and PlayStation. Electronic Arts delayed its Madden NFL 21 stream, Sony delayed its big PlayStation 5 games showcase, and CD Projekt Red pushed its Night City Wire stream back to June 25.
"We still look forward to sharing new information about Cyberpunk 2077, but more important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard," CD Projekt Red said in a statement. "We wholeheartedly stand against racism, intolerance and violence. Black Lives Matter."Nintendo doesn't have any major streams or events on the schedule, despite the flood of digital streams taking place in the vacuum left by E3 2020's cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns. For the summer, it only has a few games on the docket, including this Friday's Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and July's Paper Mario: The Origami King.