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EA Play Live pushed back as the event makes way for "important conversations"

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EA Play Live has been postponed by a week to make room for "important conversations" and voices.

The digital event was originally scheduled (opens in new tab) to start at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT on June 11 (midnight BST on June 12), and it will now go ahead starting at the same time on June 18/19. EA made the announcement in a brief update to its official Twitter account.

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"With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we're moving our time to come together in play," EA's announcement states. The company had previously voiced its support for the Black Lives Matter movement via social media, along with many other game companies (opens in new tab).

After E3 2020 was canceled (opens in new tab) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lengthy list of game industry events sprung up to take its place. Many other events have announced postponements in response to the national (and international) discussions and protests of institutionalized racism, including the PlayStation Future of Gaming Event (opens in new tab) for PS5 (opens in new tab), the Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire event (opens in new tab), and GamesRadar's own Future Games Show (opens in new tab).

Electronic Arts previously shared that this year's EA Play event "is about connecting players around the world and bringing them closer to the game franchises they love," and that it will use a live broadcast, community content, and more to showcase key EA games.

While you're waiting to find out more, find out some ways that you can help the Black Lives Matter movement (opens in new tab) and educate yourself or others on its message.

Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.