Sep 9, 2022 1:59 pm
Sep 9, 2022 11:31 am
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, many members of the video game and entertainment industries took to social media to mourn the late monarch.
Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games, which has roots in the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Dundee, tweeted its condolences (below). “Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II,” it said. “A global leader whose grace and influence spanned so many generations.”
Other British developers also shared their sympathy, with indie developer Team17 saying it was “saddened to hear of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II,” and Sumo Group’s CEO Carl Cavers commenting that he and his team “join the country in mourning”.
Rest In Peace, Queen Elizabeth II, a global leader whose grace and influence spanned so many generations. pic.twitter.com/JzJjPfbabG
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 8, 2022
Cambridge-based Frontier Developments – the creator of Elite Dangerous – posted a lengthy statement of mourning on Twitter as well. “We at Frontier are saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and join the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of our Head of State,” it said, and a similar message was shared by the UK’s gaming trade body Ukie.
The sentiment extended into the entertainment industry too, with big names including Disney and 20th Century Fox both taking to social media to share their condolences. The official Paddington Twitter account – referencing the iconic British bear’s appearance in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year – also posted (below): “Thank you Ma’am, for everything”.
Thank you Ma’am, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022
Several actors and actresses including Reese Witherspoon and Jason Isaacs posted messages of mourning on their social media accounts. Helen Mirren, arguably one of the most iconic British actresses of all time, and one who actually played Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, also shared a heartfelt statement: “I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also posted an empathetic video to his Twitter (below), sending his love to the British Royal Family and sharing a personal story about his own father’s death two years ago.
Key members of the tech industry paid tribute too, with Google turning its logo black to pay its respects to Queen Elizabeth’s passing.
Sending love and stay strong 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/qqtLMwDH8l
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 8, 2022
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates posted on Twitter that he feels “honoured to have met HM Queen Elizabeth” and is “very sad to hear of her passing”, and Apple CEO Tim Cook also posted a statement: “There is nothing more noble than to devote your life to the service of others. We stand with the people of the UK and Commonwealth in honouring the life and dedication to duty of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.