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Pride_Banner_723x250-2.jpg POSTED BY EA Staff ON Dec 9, 2013

EA Named to “Best Places to Work 2014” by Human Rights Campaign

2013 has been a very exciting year at EA for all of our LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender) colleagues, friends and family. Driven by our Diversity & Inclusion team, EA was involved in a number of initiatives focused on equality and today we are happy to announce that EA has once again scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) “Best Places to Work 2014” Corporate Equality Index. We are extremely proud of this achievement that recognizes corporate policies and practices that demonstrate a commitment to LGBT equality and inclusion.

In addition to this exciting achievement, EA was busy around the world throughout the year supporting local Pride Parades where our employees live and work. From San Francisco to Los Angeles, Seattle to Stockholm, Vancouver to Austin and finally in Orlando, everyone who came out to join EA and show their support and pride had an amazing time. In case you missed it, check out what each unique parade experience was like in our blog series and check out the video below to see what it was like at our Pride Parade celebrations.

But this year, EA employees went beyond Pride Parade celebrations and addressed hard issues that face the gaming community when it comes to equality. In February, we hosted the “Full Spectrum” event in New York that brought together thought leaders in our industry to discuss the challenges in creating LGBT characters inside of games as well as how to address issues that arise through player interaction. Our speakers from Tencent, the Ford Foundation, the ESA, HRC, CNN, KIXEYE, BioWare and others brought to life the myriad of issues that face the LGBT gaming community and shared stories with the hashtag #H8IsNotAGame. We hope to keep that conversation going in 2014.

EA also was an official sponsor of the first annual GaymerX convention held in San Francisco in August. This was not only the first year of this event but also the first convention of its kind targeted to LGBT gamers and their allies. EA employees also participated in panels at PAX Prime and GeekGirlCon in Seattle to discuss how creating more inclusive work cultures ultimately promote a more inclusive gaming experience.

The Humble Origin Bundle, which raised over $10.5 million total for six charities and Humble Bundle just a few months ago, allowed our gaming community to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign. Opening up support from our gaming community to make their voice heard was a powerful initiative that will have a lasting impact on human rights.

“We’re very proud that EA has been named a ‘Best Place to Work’ by HRC again this year and that our organization has been recognized for providing a workplace that is inclusive and where everyone feels welcome,” said Andre Chambers, head of Diversity & Inclusion at EA. “We look forward to continuing that tradition in 2014.”

Comments (12)

  1. +3 0
    Congratulations on this achievement! Here's hoping more companies follow suit.
    Dec 9, 2013
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  2. Comment Flagged +2 -5
    Congrats on being voted number one by a campaign that no one has heard of. EA is still going to be named the worst company in America for a third consecutive year. I'm tired of their greedy, undercutting tactics. They had to force Battlefield 4 through the door to beat COD Ghosts to market. DICE told you they needed more time, and everyone in the BF community would have been happy to give them a few more months to completely finish testing. Well congrats EA, you ****** up another good franchise.
    Dec 9, 2013
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  3. Comment Flagged 0 -2
    it's 2013....
    Dec 10, 2013
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  4. 0 -2
    please add me cotemulligan@me.com 321005
    Dec 10, 2013
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  5. 0 -2
    please add me cotemulligan@me.com
    Dec 10, 2013
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  6. 0 -1
    please add me cotemulligan
    Dec 10, 2013
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  7. +2 0
    Interesting
    Dec 12, 2013
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  8. +1 -2
    dislike
    Dec 16, 2013
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  9. +1 0
    Good work EA!!!
    Jan 12, 2014
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  10. 0 0
    Well, Here's to EA having the best place to work, but what about all the broken half-azzed games that EA is releasing? BF4 is one of the most broken games ever released. Not to mention that NFS Rivels is dull and gets really repetitive after 20 mins of play, and i could go on and on. Then EA expects us to want to but Titan Fall without question. I say we ban EA games until they can get off their butts and fix one game before releasing more.
    Jan 15, 2014
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  11. 0 0
    Now fix Battlefied 4. Constant freezing, after another patch is driving me friggen crazy. Can't even enjoy the XP bonus weekend. Might as well play BF3.
    Jan 26, 2014
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  12. 0 0
    how i will install the titan fall in 32 bits windows 7 ?????????????// why you make in only 64 ???????
    Feb 19, 2014
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