The Black Lives Matter movement is front and center on national stage, and for good reason. Gamers of color have been sharing their experiences and the gaming community at large is showing support for the movement in any way possible. Various gaming industry members have issued statements in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and there are plenty of initiatives you can get involved with directly.
The two CEOs of NRG Esports, Hector “H3cz” Rodriguez and Andy Miller, have both personally donated money to various charities associated with Black Lives Matter. They shared a helpful list of funds and organizations you can donate to:
The Family of George Floyd https://t.co/tBlerVNh8A
Reclaim the Block https://t.co/lYXnaheun5
Black Visions Collective https://t.co/LEUaQiBtTe
Local #BLM Chapters https://t.co/4MFDbl2Cxw
— NRG (@NRGgg) May 31, 2020
FaZe Clan don’t exactly have the cleanest slate when it comes to problematic behavior. In the past, the org has had issues with some of their streamers and players making racist statements. However, they’ve admitted to that fact alongside a new pledge to do more to combat racism:
To put their money where their mouth is, FaZe Clan is holding a charity drive. They have put the “ILLCAMS” collection of merchandise up for sale on their store, with all profits going to the George Floyd Memorial Fund.
Team Liquid has turned the focus of their main Twitter page from esports news to protests made by gamers of color in support of Black Lives Matter:
As such, they’ve retweeted statements made by gamers of color, listed resources for protesters, and are even sharing updates about protests across the USA. It’s a lot to scroll through, and that’s a good thing – plenty of information to absorb and share, and plenty of ways to get involved.
Rogue is another organization that’s getting behind the cause in a real way. Hoping to encourage others to do the same, they have made a $5,000 donation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
In addition to this, they’ve made the following statement in the same tweet: “Listen to your black friends. Check in on them. Ask them about their struggles. Ask how you can help. Get used to calling out injustice where you see it. Change comes with constant effort. And we’re asking you all to join together to make a difference.”
There’s lots you can do to support and help change. Make a donation to a legitimate charity. Speak out in favor of Black voices. Share updates and information. There is hardly a wrong way to help out this tremendously important cause.