Only a few days ago, Sony confirmed they would be streaming their first PlayStation 5 gameplay showcase on June 4th. Only a couple days later, the company has announced they would be postponing the event.
In a tweet on the official PlayStation Twitter account, the company decided to postpone the event in order to respect and give room to the important conversations surrounding structural racism and police brutality happening across the world. As they put it, “we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.” No rescheduled date for the event was given.
In a separate, but related tweet, PlayStation more directly showed their support for the Black community and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
While gaming can be an outlet and escape from the world, it’s hard to separate gaming from politics. Many games, both implicitly and explicitly, deal with politically charged topics such as race, segregation, mental health, gender identity, and more.