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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone matches now begin with Infinity Ward's Black Lives Matter statement

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (opens in new tab) has received a new update from Infinity Ward, with an in-game statement in support of the Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab) protests now appearing at the start of every multiplayer match, including those in Call of Duty: Warzone (opens in new tab)

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“The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion." reads the statement. "We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be."

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The update arrives after Activision announced it would be delaying both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 (opens in new tab) and Call of Duty: Mobile season 7, explaining that "now is not the time" to focus on distractions as protests continue across the globe. 

Infinity Ward also revealed more yesterday about the steps it would be taking (opens in new tab) to address and crack down on the racist usernames that are found amongst its playerbase, admitting that it "needs to do more" to tackle "repeat offenders".

Similarly, 2K Games is offering free in-game clothing for NBA 2K players in support of Black Lives Matter, with a new bundle available on the NBA Store, featuring three t-shirts bearing the words "I Can't Breathe", "Say Their Names", and "Black Lives Matter" respectively. 

Free Black Lives Matter shirts will be available at Swag's after online gameplay is turned on. from r/NBA2k

Many studios and companies across the industry have offered their solidarity (opens in new tab) with the movement, but Infinity Ward and NBA 2K are the first we've seen express their support through more tangible in-game updates. It's likely that we'll see more follow suit in the days ahead.

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Alex Avard
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