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November 17, 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition features a gay mage named Dorian

Computer game Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be released in India in order 'to avoid a breach of local content laws.'

Electronic Arts confirmed Saturday (15 November) in a statement that the game would be withdrawn from sale in the conservative country and pre-orders would be refunded.

EA did not specify the nature of the content that was in breach of the law but fans speculate the game was banned due to its inclusion of a gay character.

July 18, 2014

Atari has announced it will release video game Pridefest in which players will design and run an LGBTI pride parade, designing floats and unlocking resources to make the event bigger and more successful as they play

Gamers will be able to simulate organizing an LGBTI pride parade via a newly announced game by Atari.

Pridefest will be the first ever LGBTI themed game by the company and Atari hope it will be a hit with 'gaymers.'

‘We are excited to be developing Atari's first LGBT-themed game that will give players of all backgrounds the chance to play a fun and unique game that represents a passionate cause,’ Atari Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallbetter said in announcing the game.

May 10, 2014

Nintendo pledges to represent all players after backlash over game excluding LGBTI characters

Game giant Nintendo has apologized to gay gamers for refusing to allow gay characters in new life-simulation game Tomodachi Life.

It was reported the new game, which allows you to create a virtual version of yourself, would not allow gamers to marry characters of the same sex.

LGBTI gamers and Nintendo fans were upset at not being included in their latest game.

February 28, 2013

American corporation Electronic Arts will host a conference to discuss gay issues in games and gaming companies

Electronic Arts Games have announced they will be hosting a conference to discuss how gay people are portrayed in games and their treatment in the workplace.

It will be a one-day invite-only conference in New York City, taking place on 7 March.

The event, 'Full Spectrum', will offer a series of subjects relating to modern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes in videogaming.

Topics up for discussion will be having more 'authentic' LGBT characters in games, stopping homophobia in games and promoting a safe workplace for employees.

July 20, 2012

Electronic Arts, one of the world's biggest video games companies, joins a campaign against the US Defense of Marriage Act

Electronic Arts, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, has joined the battle against the American Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

DOMA was signed by former president Bill Clinton in September 1996.

EA, which incorporates EA Games, wrote on its website: ‘We have joined dozens of leading US employers in signing an amicus brief that opposes DOMA.

‘We urge the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find portions of the act unconstitutional.’

But is it only solidarity? Actually the company is clear that DOMA hurts their business.

April 12, 2012

Petition supporting Star Wars game for featuring gay characters hit with fake signatures, game company EA criticized

LGBT rights campaign group AllOut.org's petition supporting a Star Wars computer game with gay characters was hit by hackers who generated up to 5,000 false signatures.

AllOut.org started the campaign last week to show support to Electronic Arts (EA) for including the option to be a gay character in a Star Wars game. The company had been criticised by conservative Christian group the Family Research Council.

April 9, 2012

Anti-gay letters are flooding Star Wars game company for including a gay storyline

AllOut are calling on Jedis to use the force for good in their latest campaign. Electronic Arts (EA) game company has received thousands of letters and threats of boycott from anti-gay groups for including a gay love story in their interactive video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

‘Companies like Electronic Arts need to be rewarded when they do the right thing,’ said AllOut in a statement. ‘And together we can help them stand their ground.’