On May 25, in an American Minneapolis, a policeman, while detained, kneeled on the neck of an African American, George Floyd. He was already handcuffed and did not resist, but the policeman continued to choke him for eight minutes. Floyd gasped.
His death led to mass protests in the United States. Later, people began to go to rallies around the world. Against the backdrop of unrest, many companies joined the global protest against racism and discrimination and rescheduled the upcoming events.
At the end of May, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced that it was postponing the presentation of its mobile operating system Android 11. The event was scheduled for June 3.
Cisco has rescheduled its online conference scheduled for this week. A new date has not yet been determined. Along with this, the company donated $ 5 million to combat racism and discrimination.
Sony has moved to an uncertain presentation of games for its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, which was scheduled for June 4. The presentation of nextgen would be held on the day of the memorial service for the deceased. It is worth noting that the Xbox supported its competitor in this.
The Polish company CD Projekt RED has postponed the event dedicated to Cyberpunk 2077. It was scheduled for June 11, and now will take place in two weeks – June 25.
Rockstar closed June 4 access to the online mode of its most popular games GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 for two hours. This was done in connection with the protests.
Now that the Internet allows information to be exchanged without regard to distance, the whole world can unite in protest against oppression and racism in just a few days. It remains to be hoped that the protests will not lead to an even greater number of victims, both among the protesters and among law enforcement agencies.