EA Pushes Back Against Family Advocacy Groups Concerning Same-Sex Relationships in its Games

According to a GamesIndustry International report, Electronic Arts has become the target of a letter writing campaign by family advocacy groups who are upset with same-sex relationships in several of its games including Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. We reported previously that The Family Research Council and the Florida Family Association (two pro-family religious groups) were urging members to send form letter to Electronic Arts complaining about same-sex relationships in its game.

GamesIndustry International says that EA has been sent thousands of letters and emails protesting these relationship choices in its games and promising boycotts of their various products. The letters have been directed at EA's executive team, creative heads, its board of directors and others. The letters also claim that EA gave in to LGBT groups when they included these kinds of relationships – a charge EA denies.

"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," Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications told the publication.

"EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. 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," Brown added.

GamesIndustry International offers some further comments from LGBT advocacy groups here.

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