With the protests and riots that have come as a result of the recent unjust murder of an unarmed man, George Floyd, by police officers in Minneapolis, Epic Games has announced a slight delay in the launch of Season 3 of their popular Battle Royale game, Fortnite.
In a statement that was published on the Epic Games website, the company stated that they need to “Balance the Season 3 launch with time for the families to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities.”
Epic Games is based out of Cary, North Carolina which is not far from the state capital of Raleigh. Raleigh was recently hit hard with riots and looting that went along with, but necessarily as a part of the recent protests over the injustice of this murder. The full statement can be seen below:
Hey Fortnite community,
Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color. We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.
We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics.
The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities.
The live event The Device will be delayed to Monday, June 15, and the Season 3 launch delayed to Wednesday, June 17. We know this delay comes on the heels of another one, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.
– Epic Games