GTA and Red Dead Online will go temporarily offline to honour the legacy of George Floyd

By Heidi Nicholas,
Red Dead Online and GTA Online will be shut down today, as per Rockstar's announcement, at the same time as George Floyd's memorial, to honour his legacy. Both online games will be shut down for two hours from today (June 4th) 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 11am PT to 4pm ET / 9pm BST / 1pm PT.

Rockstar has followed up its initial announcement with a statement: "Following the memorial, we hope you will join us in further honoring the many victims of America's racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the streets, and coalitions". It's provided a link to Charity Navigator, which has in turn a list of civil rights charities which "defend civil rights, protect legal rights, and promote tolerance and understanding among racial, ethnic, and cultural groups".

As Black Lives Matter protests continue to gain momentum across the US and in other countries, several game companies and publishers have announced support or donations. Activision has, for instance, delayed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone's Season 4 in support of the protests, saying "now is not the time... Right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard." EA has delayed revealing Madden NFL 21, while CD Projekt Red has delayed its Night City Wire event, expressing a similar message: "More important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard".

Red Dead Online and GTA Online will be shut down at 2pm PT / 7pm BST today, and will be accessible again from 4pm PT / 9pm BST.

Thanks to RDS for the news tip.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!