Computer and video games giant Electronic Arts is standing firm and refusing to take down same-sex relationship content from its games, despite criticism.
The company has reportedly received “several thousand” letters and emails condemning the inclusion of LGBT content in its games. These critics claim that the company has been bullied into including LGBT content in its games, which is being forced on children. Others charge EA with deleting homophobic comments in EA forums.
Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications at EA, told GI: “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.
“EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games,” he added. “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.”