A protest march outsde the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday was staged by Electronic Arts to publicize its upcoming Dante’s Inferno game, according to the Associated Press.
While there was speculation in the gaming press yesterday that the event, which was reported as actual news by the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury-News was a fake, today’s report is the first actual confirmation.
According to the AP, EA spokeswoman Holly Rockwood said that the publisher hired a viral marketing firm which staged the protest. About 20 actors carried signs and distributed pamphlets protesting Dante’s Inferno on supposed religious grounds.
The marketing campaign also employed a faux website, WeAreSaved.org.
GP: I’m wondering if the viral marketing firm used by EA for the Dante’s Inferno bit was also the group behind the recent brass knuckles campaign supporting The Godfather II…
GamePolitics was among those sites reporting on the protest as an actual event. We picked up on the story via the L.A. Times’s coverage.