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GTA Online and Red Dead Online will shut down for two hours today to honor George Floyd

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Rockstar has just announced that both GTA Online and Red Dead Online will be offline for two hours today, June 4, to honor the legacy of George Floyd. Both GTA Online and Red Dead Online will be unavailable today from 2pm to 4pm EST / 7pm to 9pm BST / 11am to 1pm PT. 

Rockstar's announcement and decision to shut down both online servers is done in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and black communities. It comes amidst ongoing protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, and the demand from protestors worldwide to reform policing in America and hold police accountable for deaths. 

After the initial announcement Tweet, Rockstar implored fans to further honor the "many victims of America's racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the streets, and coalitions" through organizations listed on the Civil Rights Charity Navigator website. While many other video game organizations have shared support for the Black Lives Matter movement (which we have covered and are continuing to update here), this is one of the more tangible actions made by community members. In another example, EA recently donated one million dollars in support of Black Lives Matter

Both Red Dead Online and GTA Online center around players partaking in "criminal" activity that often pits them up against other players or NPCs in the form of police officers or other members of the criminal justice system.

If you're looking for ways you can help the Black Lives Matter movement, check out this feature from Elle Osili-Wood, entitled Black Lives Matter: Here's what you can do to help.

In other news, Hollywood has rallied around John Boyega following his Black Lives Matter protest speech

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