The gaming industry has made some strides in LGBTQIA+ representation this year, with Dishonored 2 and Overwatch both featuring queer characters, and Australia holding its first queer gaming convention earlier this year. Unfortunately, it seems that a portion of the gamer population still has a way to go.
Recently, FIFA 17 - which if you're unfamiliar, is basically the Taylor Swift of video games, IE hella popular - introduced rainbow jerseys to show that they support the LGBT+ community.
The rainbow jersey pack was introduced after Stonewall UK's successful Rainbow Laces campaign, an ongoing project that aims to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.
Unfortunately, some players were so enraged by the multicoloured pixels gracing their players' imaginary jerseys they ~rage quit~ the entire game, taking to Twitter to tell FIFA how "disgraceful" it is.
Meanwhile, others took the time to film themselves deleting the pack from their game, uploading the footage to social media so that FIFA would know just how cross they were about the idea of their manly characters playing in jerseys with more than three colours.
Matt Horwood, the Senior Communications Officer at Stonewall UK, told Gay Star News that “it’s clear from some of the responses to our Rainbow Laces campaign on social media that there is still so much work to do to make sport everyone’s game.”
He continued: “However, it’s been extremely encouraging to see sports fans echo the inclusive sentiment of posts from the likes of Premier League, FA and teams across the UK, often even calling out the hateful comments from Twitter trolls.”
The FIFA series is produced by EA Games, the company also responsible for The Sims, Mass Effect and Dragon Age—all of which have LGBT+ representation.