EA Says Anti-Gay Letter Campaign Won’t Influence Game Design
Publisher Electronic Arts has reportedly received a heap of letters in reaction to gay and lesbian content in the company’s games, but says it won’t change its game design philosophy because of bigotry.
As GamesIndustry.biz reports, the letters have poured into EA executives and top-level creative heads, and mostly seem directed at BioWare games in which same-sex relationships with other characters by player characters have been increasingly allowed.
For its part, regardless of the letter-writing campaign and the bigotry behind it, EA isn’t bowing to the pressure.
“Every one of EA’s games includes ESRB content descriptors so it’s hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, in an interview with GamesIndustry.
“EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games,” he said, addressing criticism levied by the letters. “However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don’t tolerate hate speech on our forums.”