There are plenty of game developers that gave lip service to the Black Lives Matter movement that started after the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery earlier in 2020, but few of them have taken real action to support change.
Bungie is different. In response to the movement and to help support and uplift underrepresented groups within the developer, they started the Inclusion Clubs initiative. The first club to be formed was Black At Bungie, a club “with the goal of celebrating and uplifting Black employees at the studio … but also helping to facilitate and navigate vital conversations during a pivotal moment in modern society.”
Black At Bungie takes real action to help end the racial divide in the United States, and specifically within the games community. The club helped sponsor Game Devs of Color Expo, a conference that showcases the work and games from Black developers. They also created the Be Heard pin and emblem for Destiny 2, where the profits from each sale go to funding the Equal Justice Initiative, a group dedicated to ending mass incarceration of Black people in the United States.
“I never thought we would see companies making official contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement like we did for [LGBTQ] Pride in previous years,” said Kareem Shuman, technical dialogue designer working on Destiny 2. “But when injustice keeps stacking up, eventually it becomes too much for people to ignore, even those who are not themselves a target. Seeing so many stand up and protest, donate, and actively support these causes has been a huge inspiration. We have allies both at home and abroad and it’s a beautiful thing to see.”
In the future, Black at Bungie plans to continue to support Black game developers and the wider Black Lives Matter movement.
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