Gay rights campaign backs EA after 'mail attack'

Gay rights campaign backs EA after 'mail attack'

By Rob Crossley

April 10th 2012 at 1:04PM

Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker publicise lobbying website

A campaign backing Electronic Arts’ decision to publish games featuring gay romance has recorded 65,000 signatures in a matter of days.

Celebrities Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker have both publicised the campaign, which at current rates will reach its 75,000 signatory goal before Wednesday.

It has been noticed that a number of the signatories are automated bots that have artificially exaggerated the campaign’s true number of supporters.

Electronic Arts last week claimed it has received “thousands” of messages, both printed and email, demanding the company erase gay scenes within its blockbuster games.

The publisher has since been backed by a surge of industry professionals since it broke its silence on the attack.

A message on the campaign webpage supporting EA reads: “Without our help the company, its staff and more than 100 million registered players could be pushed to the dark side if the forces of hate get the last word.”

Electronic Arts has branded the anti-gay letters “political harassment” and has insisted it will not bow to pressure from anti-gay campaigners.