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Game Companies Say: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protesters holding signs, 2020

Following the widespread protests [1] kicked off by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by police while in their custody, a number of tabletop game companies have responded by speaking out against such injustice. In the best cases, they’ve also taken steps to help. While it’s becoming less rare for this industry to unite and stand up for a cause, this occasion feels especially noteworthy. Here are some examples of such companies rallying to support racial equality earlier this month.

Paizo made the following statement, pledging (among other things) to start a new charity to help black communities:

Paizo's statement supporting black lives matter

 

Wizards of the Coast donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund [2], My Brother’s Keeper Alliance [3], and Black Girls Code [4], and released the following statement:

 

Steve Jackson Games donated to four charities in Austin, Texas: Austin Area Urban League [7], Austin Justice Coalition [8], Project ROAR [9], and 400+1 Bail Fund [10]. They posted this statement:

Wizards of the Coast's statement supporting black lives matter

 

Goodman Games posted this inspirational image:

Goodman Games black lives matter poster "Imagine Better Worlds"

 

Green Ronin Publishing‘s Facebook account went silent for a day to make room for other voices.

Tomorrow, this social media account will go silent so that other voices can be heard. We support justice, equity, and human rights. #BlackLivesMatter

Posted by Green Ronin Publishing [11] on Monday, June 1, 2020 [12]
 

Magpie Games posted a tweet standing with Black Lives Matter, and also shared a list of black leaders in gaming.

 

Evil Hat Productions donated to Black Lives Matter and released the following statement:

 

Chaosium is donating a portion of the proceeds from their latest Call of Cthulhu book to National Bail Out [23].

 

Schwalb Entertainment donated $1,022 to the Bail Project [29], explaining that “saying something without doing anything is useless.”

 

Arc Dream Publishing donated to the Northwest Community Bail Fund [33] in Seattle, and the publishers of Delta Green put their extensive research into criminal justice into perspective:

 

Monte Cook Games has made the following offer on their recent Cypher System adventure Heist on Miracle IV [38]: “Now through June 30th, all proceeds from sales of Heist on Miracle IV will be donated to blacklivesmatter.com [39]. Monte Cook Games will make a matching donation for the first 500 copies sold during this period.”

 

Pelgrane Press donated $1,000 and 10% of their June web store sales to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund [2]. They also released a longer statement [46] on their website.

 

R. Talsorian Games made $2,000 donation to the Bail Project [29], which provides bail assistance to protestors. The company announced this with a statement; the full version is in a blog post [49], but the short version fit in the tweet below…

 

Did you spot any game companies speaking out (or taking action) on behalf of racial equality recently? We probably missed some, so let us know in the comments!

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#1 Comment By Lisa On June 12, 2020 @ 1:47 am

You missed DriveThruRPG ( [58] ), which has a few bundles and is donating all proceeds to various charities for racial justice (and highlighting Black-created games as well, though I don’t know the full details on the terms of that), and the big one right now: Itch.io ( [59] ) which has an absolutely massive bundle that’s raised over 5 million USD for the cause.

#2 Comment By Keith Garrett On June 12, 2020 @ 8:59 am

Thanks, Lisa! I had noticed the Itch.io one but couldn’t tell it contained tabletop games.

#3 Comment By Kim Kreiner On June 12, 2020 @ 2:42 am

Story Machine Games has not only posted a lovely statement, they have shared resources for fighting racism, and a really comprehensive new company behavior document to foster anti racism and more. They are a smaller game company, but making a big impact. Based out of Syracuse NY

#4 Comment By Keith Garrett On June 12, 2020 @ 8:59 am

Thanks, Kim. That’s excellent!

#5 Comment By Rob Abrazado On June 12, 2020 @ 8:28 am

There have been so many statements and actions of support, and I hope they keep on going! I know there are a ton more out there, but one that caught my eye was British publisher Rowan, Rook, and Decard (Heart, Spire, many others) pledging half the profits from their Shadow Operations sourcebook to Black Lives Matter UK, retroactive to the book launch and continuing forever. [60]

But honestly the sheer number of creators (and gamers!) speaking out and stepping up is staggering. Just perusing the DTRPG and Itch bundles Lisa linked to above gives an idea of how many people want to pitch in.

#6 Comment By Keith Garrett On June 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Thanks, Rob! And I agree.

#7 Comment By Rob Abrazado On June 12, 2020 @ 11:49 am

Ha! Apparently this has been all month, but coincidentally I just now saw that the folks at Angry Hamster Publishing (Witch, Afterlife, Familiars of Terra, etc.) are donating theirJune DriveThru sales to the Black Visions Collective. [61]