“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games,” the company said, “we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
Protests have swept across the United States over the past week since Floyd was killed at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sony joins a growing number of corporations using their platforms — and in some cases, financial resources — to support demonstrators and the Black Lives Matter movement. On social media, some companies have ceased their regular posting so as not to distract from those using the platforms to speak out about racism and civil rights.
Earlier Monday, the official PlayStation account also tweeted: “We denounce systemic racism and violence against the Black community. We will continue to work towards a future marked by empathy and inclusion and stand with our Black creators, players, employees, families and friends. #BlackLivesMatter.”