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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. 

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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 (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab)), 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 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab).

In other news, Hollywood has rallied around John Boyega following his Black Lives Matter protest speech (opens in new tab)

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.