Rockstar Games is temporarily shutting down access to the online modes of its biggest games–GTA V’s Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption 2’s Red Dead Online–today for a period of two hours to show support for Black Lives Matter and to honor the slain George Floyd.
The servers for both games are now down (the downtime began at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET), and they will come back online at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. The offline components for the two games should not be affected. You can see the message posted in Red Dead Redemption 2 below; when GameSpot checked, we did not see any equivalent notice in GTA.
Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) June 4, 2020
In addition to the gesture, Rockstar asked its Twitter followers to find a charity they can donate to in order to show support for black communities, businesses, and civil rights. Charities on the list include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Black Child Development Institute, and the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as broader civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.
Author Gabe Gurwin
Original Post by GameSpot