Bungie has responded to the recent terrorist storm in Buffalo that resulted in the deaths of ten people and the death of three others by announcing a new charitable program and declaring to strengthen its ongoing efforts to "keep safe and anti-racist spaces."
"It has been confirmed that this incident was a hate crime committed on Saturday, 14th May," Bungie said. "We are sincerely grateful to all of the victims of this tragedy and to all who has been affected by this act of violence."
In response to the attack, the studio, along with its inclusion club Black at Bungie, has announced a number of initiatives. For example, it will donate all proceeds made through the sale of its Be Heard collectable pin in the next 12 months to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a charity that aims to "monitorate hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States, including exposing their activities to the public, the media, and authorities."
Bungie has announced that it will collaborate with its Player Support and Community teams to see how it can "bolster [its] ongoing efforts to preserve safe and anti-racist spaces in which our players and supporters can come together."
"At the same time, these racist attacks begin in online organizations that are used to recruit and radicalize individuals," the statement said. "It is time to begin testing our practices and see what role we can play in preventing these tragedies," said the author. "We hope that our friends in game development and gaming communities continue to explore their own platforms and invest in tactics to combat bigotry in all its forms. We believe that games and their communities should be a force for good and we are committed to that."
Bungie''s statement comes days after the studio said "there will never be a''muzzle'' that would force [it] to stand up for what''s right." Following reports that Sony, which announced it would acquire the Destiny 2 developer for $3.6 billion in February, is refusing to approve any public statements its PlayStation studios might want to make about the issue of reproductive rights.
Following recent reports the US Supreme Court was attempting to overturn the decision, Bungie was one of the first studios to speak out against Roe v Wade, a key judgment that legalized abortion across the country. At the time, the developer described the move as a "direct assault on human rights," adding that "standing up for reproductive choice and liberty is not a difficult decision to make, and Bungie remains committed to protecting these values."
The district attorney of New York has stated that both Twitch and Discord would be investigated for the roles played in the Buffalo attack.