EA is standing their ground after being inundated with letters from anti-gay groups for the inclusion of same sex or LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) content in their games, most notably in titles like Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
EA confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz that they had in fact received “several thousand” letters and emails that accused the publisher and its developers of trying to “force” LGBT content upon children and that the developers only included such content due to pressure from the LGBT community.
The Vice President of corporate communications at EA, Jeff Brown debunked these claims.
“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,” he said.
“EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games.”
Brown went on to say that EA has met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players online, but the choice to include LGBT relationships in their games was their own choice. EA was also accused of deleting posts on their official forum that spoke against the LGBT community, but Brown said they do not tolerate hate speech on their forums.
EA has said it will not be censoring its games or giving into the demands of anti-gay communities.