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EA wins accolade for LGBT working conditions

EA wins accolade for LGBT working conditions

Over 2013 EA has supported several Pride events, the GaymerX convention and even run its own LGBT event, Full Spectrum.

Infamous gaming giant Electronic Arts has been named one of the best places to work in terms of LGBT equality in the US by the Human Rights Campaign.

The publisher scored 100% in a recent assessment for its commitment to workplace equality. This is awarded by the Human Rights Campaign when a company prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and offers transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage.

To gain the score, companies also have to have an employee-run resource group or diversity council supported by the employers and to engage with the external LGBT community.

EA has been seen to be positively engaging with the LGBT throughout 2013, throwing its weight behind several pride parades including events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and Stockholm and it was the official sponsor of the first GaymerX convention.

EA also even held its own event, Full Spectrum, which brought industry figures together to debate and discuss the issues facing the LGBT community in gaming.

The Human Rights Campaign itself even got some direct support from EA with a portion of the $10.5m raised by the Humble Origin Bundle going to the organisation.

'Our organization has been recognized for providing a workplace that is inclusive and where everyone feels welcome,' said EA head of diversity and inclusion Andre Chambers. 'We look forward to continuing that tradition in 2014.'

In contrast to the Human Rights Campaign's accolades, earlier this year, The Consumerist voted EA as the Worst Company in America for the second time in a row.

EA had allegedly failed to create a product that people wanted and liked, to sell their products at a reasonable price and to support the products they sell. At the time, EA Chief Executive Andrew Wilson said that the award was a wake-up call, 'whether you respect the source or not.'

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Lance 16th December 2013, 09:51 Quote
eAEiI_x71Ko

/troll.

In all seriousness I think this is really great. But also to be expected, because lets be honest the gaming community I'd say is fairly welcoming. Going to the I-series you see all sorts, and even within Bit-tech we have a fairly broad group.

Well done to EA, and hopefully we will continue to see the gaming industry push forwards on being ethically brilliant.
Artanix 16th December 2013, 10:18 Quote
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gaming community I'd say is fairly welcoming

have you played any games like LoL, DOTA2, FPS games as well etc. Those communities are as toxic as it comes. There's even a thing in LoL where a kid got arrested for the things he said in game. I also get kicked from BF4 servers a lot for being in a jet and being good at it.

Although, in fairness to the topic, those toxic people don't discriminate on who they're being an ass to. I guess that's progress?
Lance 16th December 2013, 10:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Artanix
have you played any games like LoL, DOTA2, FPS games as well etc. Those communities are as toxic as it comes. There's even a thing in LoL where a kid got arrested for the things he said in game. I also get kicked from BF4 servers a lot for being in a jet and being good at it.

Although, in fairness to the topic, those toxic people don't discriminate on who they're being an ass to. I guess that's progress?

Yeah I have played FPS games and LOL. I am quietly happy with Microsoft for putting in bans for people with bad language over public chat on games because of the amount of headset warrior 12yo's out there.

I think that generally though the people who are hurling abuse don't actually give a damn, they're just shooting abuse, which is different to having actual hate. As you said in the 2nd paragraph its non-discriminatory abuse for psychological competitive reasons.
MSHunter 16th December 2013, 10:39 Quote
As a PC gamer, the best thing I did was find a well moderated clan. No no-nonsense, perm bans for abusive behavior after 2 warnings. Every one has a bad day ;)
Shirty 16th December 2013, 10:49 Quote
If insults are based on gender, sexuality or age there should be no warnings. Your mother, on the other hand, is fair game.
SchizoFrog 16th December 2013, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
If insults are based on gender, sexuality or age there should be no warnings. Your mother, on the other hand, is fair game.

There should always be warnings but they should come from their mother and at the age of 3...

P.S. I never found 'your mother' to be fair game as her prices were extortionate. :)
Lance 16th December 2013, 12:00 Quote
Ooooooooooo Shirty he dissed yo mama.

(have we derailled this thread?)
law99 16th December 2013, 12:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
lets be honest the gaming community I'd say is fairly welcoming.

The last time I turned on the heaphones and microphone in an online game I had to open a firefox urban dictionary tab to decode the amount of horrific abuse I was receiving.
Cthippo 16th December 2013, 13:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
Yeah I have played FPS games and LOL. I am quietly happy with Microsoft for putting in bans for people with bad language over public chat on games because of the amount of headset warrior 12yo's out there.

We've gone from "Won't somebody protect the children" to "Won't somebody protect US from the children"
Bede 17th December 2013, 09:31 Quote
What's that? One more reason to avoid EA produce? Jk
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