A rep for Electronic Arts announced a week ago that The Sims FreePlay will no longer be available in seven regions even while the company has been going gung-ho in pushing its diversity agenda within its games.
A community manager wrote on the EA Answers page…
“We’ve always been proud that our in-game experiences embrace values as broad and diverse as our incredible Sims community. This has been important to us, as we know it is to you.
“In light of regional standards, starting 5th July, 2018”
The seven regions include:
- Saudi Arabia
If the reports by most other outlets are to be believed, based on the wording from the community manager from EA, it was the whole diversity agenda that caused The Sims FreePlay to get hit with the regional axe in the aforementioned territories. If you already own a copy of the game in those territories you can still access The Sims FreePlay, but after July 5th, the game will no longer be available in the aforementioned regions.
According to Sims Community, they believe that it’s due to each of those regions have laws prohibiting the public promotion of LGBTQ content. They also rally around the belief that other Sims games could also get banned given that EA has been forcibly pushing more and more content into the games that appeal to Leftists.
The outlet writes…
“We’ve already seen examples of The Sims Team showing support towards the LGBT community through their promotional material. One of the biggest things they’ve done to allow more inclusion and diversity in the game was the CAS Gender Update, letting your Sims wear masculine or feminine clothing, change their physical frames between masculine and feminine, change their voice types and even allow them to get pregnant regardless of their gender.”
According to Newsweek, these features were added after Electronic Arts teamed up with GLAAD in order to make the game more “gender fluid”…
“In 2016, The Sims team showed its commitment to inclusivity with a Create-A-Sim update in collaboration with LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD, providing more gender fluidity — gender neutral clothing, unrestricted body types and pregnancy for all adult Sims. The update strengthened the foundation of the Sims, which has always embraced falling in love with anyone you want.”
It’s true, you can mix and match parts to make disconcerting characters, as evidenced with CaptainSauce‘s video.
According to the Sims Community website, they believe that EA’s agenda to further expand the spectrum of LGBTQIA content in The Sims franchise will eventually result in the other console and PC versions of the game getting banned as well…
“Considering the fact that EA and The Sims Team would rather show support and provide diverse gameplay to millions of players worldwide than to comply to homophobic regional standards, it’s only a matter of time before The Sims 4 and other Sims PC games also get banned in China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.”
Funnily enough, had EA simply added the features into the game without parading around content deemed illegal or unacceptable in other regions, the game may have still been available in those regions. However, instead of simply adding the options and letting discoverability takes it course, the company figured that they had to virtue signal these qualities and now they’re paying for it by seemingly having their content banned in those regions.
EA is also current going all-in on the feminist agenda, heavily promoting Battlefield V as a game women, featuring a disabled British woman as the main character leading the charge on the frontlines with a bionic prosthetic. This has caught the ire of a lot of the core fans, but EA told Battlefield fans that they were uneducated and that they shouldn’t buy the game if they don’t agree with their sociopolitical agenda.
At this rate the company may end up hurting its bottom line across multiple brands more than anything by putting politics ahead of profits.
(Thanks for the news tip Censored Gaming)