EA hosting LGBT discussion event today

Thursday, 7th March 2013 12:24 GMT By Dave Cook

EA is hosting a “Full Spectrum” event in New York today, which will be used as a platform for discussion LGBT issues in gaming.

The event’s site reads, “Whether it has been taking a stand against DOMA, introducing same gender romance in our games, or participating in Pride events in our communities it seems we’ve always been met with some opposition and hateful comments.

“It got us thinking here that it was time to bring people together to talk about these issues and not sweep them under the rug.”

The event will include panel discussions featuring the following participants:

  • Gordon Bellamy, Tencent
  • Sean Bugg, Metro Weekly
  • Matt Bromberg, General Manager, BioWare Austin
  • Michael Cole-Schwartz, HRC Media Director
  • Deena Fidas, HRC Workplace Program Director
  • Maya Harris, Ford Foundation
  • Dan Hewitt, ESA
  • Ellen Kahn, HRC Family Project Director
  • Lucas Pattan, Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference (OUTC)
  • Hilary Rosen, CNN and Washington Post Contributor
  • Caryl Shaw, KIXEYE
  • Jaap Tuinman, EA Community Manager
  • Luis A. Ubinas, President, Ford Foundation

EA was awarded an 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign for its open stance on LGBT issues, and equality in games, and the publisher has been open to discussion on such issues in the past.

The panel discussions will surely raise many key points surrounding LGBT issues in gaming today, such as open relationships in Mass Effect, to the stigma surrounding such issues from pockets of gamers and media.

What’s your take on the issue? Let us know below.

Thanks MCV.



  1. Strange Sultan

    It is a funny thing how a greedy company that tricks people to take their money pretends to care about what goes inside their a**holes. Pardon my French.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Night Hunter

    While I like their stance on the whole issue it is still just action for the sake of good PR, which is pretty obvious actually. With all the bad press EA is getting they are clinging to any little thing to counteract that.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    @1 Maybe they like people to be loosened up a bit so it doesn’t hurt so much once it’s EA’s turn to screw ‘em.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Rafa_L

    @3 I don’t agree with that, if it was “good PR” many companies would do it, and they don’t, it takes some commitment and knowledge to try to understand and serve to a group of people. And if it was just PR, we wouldn’t see freedom of choice in the actual games.

    @1 It’s people lives that is being discussed, not their a**holes.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. mr_krunchi

    @1, that statement is kinda problematic, but does hold some truth. For example, look at Budlight and how they became LGBTQ friendly when they noticed how much of a profit they can make at Pride events.

    I’m just hoping they decide to list some true goals and guidelines rather than just allowing players to simulate a LGBTQ experience like in the Sims and Mass Effect 3.

    @3, It could be just PR. But that’s how any company works. AT&T wouldn’t advertise “Don’t Text & Drive” if they weren’t going to benefit from it. Also, they seem like the first of gaming companies to really make a stand towards LGBTQ, which, sadly, makes a risk for their image due to homophobic people/companies. Maybe EA just realized there are a lot more LGBTQ gamers out there, even developing the games everyone plays.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. andres636

    EA hosting, it is very gratifying that such a prestigious company as you support these causes, in a world so intolerant and differentiator and society today.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. salarta

    EA: We don’t know what we did.

    That is my accurate assessment of the comments in this article.

    #7 2 years ago

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