We like to give Electronic Arts a hard time for being money-hungry bastards and for literally being the worst company in America, but EA has just been named the “Best Place to Work” for LGBT equality for the fourth consecutive year. I don’t know if treating your customers like garbage but respecting your employees is a good thing or not.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) evaluates companies’ treatment of LGBT folks. EA consistently scores a %100 in their of evaluations of LGBT support. Support includes recognizing LGBT domestic partnerships by providing equal healthcare benefits and boldly advocating for the LGBT community through social media and participating in Pride Parades.
The same company being praised for their treatment of LGBT employees is the same company who is notorious for selling broken games and trying to extract every last cent from customers even if the value or quality of the product doesn’t merit the initial asking price.
While I think the trajectory EA’s games have been on are leading the gaming industry to a scary future, what EA is doing at least in the development space is leading the industry to a brighter and more inclusive future for developers.
Whenever big gaming companies support LGBT initiatives like the Lesbians Who Tech Summit EA held last year and Shanghai’s first ever LGBT Career Fair, it helps reinforce that gaming is for everyone.