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EA stands up to critics of lesbian and gay content

Publisher has no intention of removing same-sex relationship options from its games

EA has reportedly received "several thousand" letters and emails condemning the inclusion of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) content in its games, but the company says its development strategy won't be influenced by bigotry.

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According to GamesIndustry.biz, plenty of small-minded types have been directing messages to EA's executive team and creative heads threatening to boycott the publisher's games if it doesn't remove same-sex relationship content.

Some of these critics claim EA has been pressurised by LGBT groups to include homosexual content in its titles, which they say is being forced on children, while others complain that EA has been deleting anti-LGBT posts on its official 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."

We think the inclusion of LGBT content in its titles has shown EA to be something of a progressive game maker, and its admirable defence of its viewpoint isn't one you'd traditionally associate with a firm recently named 'the worst company in America'.

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