Fortnite We The People start time: How to tune into Black Lives Matter talk
Fortnite is doing something no game has ever done before today – holding a discussion about race in-game which players from all around the world can attend. Amid ongoing Black Lives Matters protests, Fortnite will be holding a special showing of We The People at the Party Royale big screen. We The People features prominent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) voices and looks to “advance the dialogue around race in America”.
We The People is being hosted by CNN’s Van Jones who will be joined by Elaine Welteroth, former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Jemele Hill, writer for The Atlantic, rapper and social activist Killer Mike and hip hop musician Lil Baby.
The guests will be discussing how to change systemic racism in media, culture and entertainment.
And by holding the conversation in Fortnite it gives the talk a platform that could reach millions of people around the world.
Which is something Epic Games should receive a huge amount of praise and respect for.
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If you want to tune into Fortnite We The People, then the start time is 9.46am eastern time (which is 3.46pm BST) on Saturday July 4.
As with previous Party Royale events, to attend the Fortnite We The People talk head to Battle Royale and then go to the Party Royale playlist.
You will then need to head to the Island’s Big Screen to watch all the action from the talk.
If you miss out on the initial showing of We The People then don’t worry, Epic Games will be re-airing it multiple times.
We The People will re-air in Party Royale every other hour for 24 hours through the day on Saturday July 4.
More details on Fortnite We The People can be found by heading to this post from Epic Games, or by clicking here to be directed to the We The People website.
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This isn’t the first time that Epic Games has done something to help keep the attention on discussions of race in America.
Last month Epic Games decided to delay the launch of Fortnite season 3, and the season 2 live event, in the wake of widespread Black Lives Matters protests that began in the US before taking place across the globe.
The protests, which are still going on, were sparked following the killing of George Floyd.
The 46-year-old died in police custody with horrifying footage recorded by a bystander showing a police officer kneeling on his neck.
Floyd’s plea of “I can’t breathe”, that was captured in the footage, has since become a rallying cry that has been heard at protests worldwide.
Four sacked police officers have since been charged in relation to the killing of Floyd, who was a father to a six-year-old daughter.
When Epic Games announced plans to delay Fortnite season 3 and the recent live event they issued a heartfelt and earnest message about racism in the world today.
They said: “Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of colour.
“We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.
“We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics.
“The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities.”
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