Following the killing of George Floyd, numerous companies have expressed their solidarity with the protests that followed. Activision and Infinity Ward’s way of showing their support is by implementing a Black Lives Matter message on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone’s loading screen.
The protests in the USA have now lasted for two weeks. They were triggered by the death of African-American George Floyd, who allegedly died as a result of police violence. Since then the discussion about the still prevailing racism in the USA flared up again. Every day, protests take place throughout the country, often ending in clashes with the police, destruction of private property and more innocent lives being taken. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter trends on social media and people all over the world express their solidarity with the protesters.
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The developers behind Call of Duty have already announced on Twitter that they will take tougher action against racism in their game in the future. Taking care of racist user names, which are quite common, was only the first step. Another display of solidarity has now graced the Call of Duty load screen.
No matter which mode you play, you always get the Black Lives Matter loading screen. The statement makes it clear that racism is still a serious problem in today's society and that Activision and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. They want to provide additional resources to monitor and identify racist content and to block players faster and more often, should they use racist player names or be inconvenient in other ways.
Another part of Activision’s activity, or inactivity, based on how you look at it, is the suspension of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4. Nothing’s been heard from the developer since the initial announcement a week ago, so we’re just stuck waiting for now.