Popular streamers and content creators such as Timthetatman are taking the decision not to stream today in support of the #blackouttuesday event.
Blackout Tuesday’s purpose is to show support to the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement.
A black image has become the symbol of #blackoutthursday.
George Floyd was an unarmed black man wrongfully killed by police officers. His death has sparked outrage throughout the United States and around the world. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest to draw light on the underlying issues surrounding his unlawful death, and thousands more are now showing their support online.
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The #blackouttuesday event calls for social media users to post a black square and step away from social media for the day. This draws attention to Georgle Floyd’s death and other people of colour who were unlawfully killed by law enforcement. The silence on social media also gives a platform for people of colour to share their stories without being overshadowed by the thousands of posts from white individuals.
Several popular streamers such as Timothy “Timthetatman” Betar are participating in the #blackouttuesday event by taking the day off from streaming and halting posts on their social media accounts.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins also stated that he will not be streaming or posting on social media to prevent himself from being a distraction from what is happening in the United States.
Tomorrow, I will be participating in #BlackOutTuesday and will not be streaming or posting on any social media platforms. No distractions from what is happening in the United States.— Ninja (@Ninja) June 2, 2020
Other content creators such as 100 Thieves CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag have also blacked out their profile pictures and have not posted on social media today.
Elsewhere in gaming, a number of esport organisations have shown their support for the movement while Infinity Ward delayed the release of Season 4 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare stating that, "right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard."
"We stand alongside you."
Riot Games took a different approach and went ahead with the official launch of Valorant stating they hope its release will "small bright spot during a dark time."