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EA has earned the ire of gamers over a number of issues. Just this year, the SimCity and Battlefield 4 launches were a complete disaster. Microtransactions and freemium titles speckle the library. EA is also doing some things very right.
Over the weekend, we reported that the publisher delivered $1.65 million to the American Cancer Society. Those funds were raised from the sale of games via the Humble Bundle.
Today, the company has announced its been named one of the “Best Places to Work 2014” by the Human Rights Campaign. EA received a perfect 100 percent rating on the 12th Corporate Equality Index, and has evidenced its commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) equality time and again.
EA is one of 304 businesses to receive a 100 percent rating. This is up from 13 in 2002, which was the Index’s first year. The ratings are conducted based on a number of categories, including equal employment opportunity, employment benefit equality, organizational LGBT competency (training, resources, and accountability), public commitment, and responsible citizenship.
This year, EA hosted its Full Spectrum event in New York City to discuss issues of equality in gaming. Additionally, the publisher sponsored the first GaymerX convention. EA was also present at PAX and GeekGirlCon to participate in discussions about equality in the workplace and industry.
A portion of the aforementioned Humble Bundle proceeds was also donated to the Human Rights Campaign. Some other companies that received 100 percent ratings include Apple, Google, Disney, Microsoft, Sony Electronics, and Game Informer parent GameStop. You can read up on the Human Rights Campaign on its website.
Our TakeEA is deserving of the criticism it receives for its faults, but it has also earned praise for the things it does right. EA has taken a leadership role throughout the year, and has evidenced its commitment to LGBT issues time and again. And let's be honest. EA is by no means the worst company in America, no matter what an angry internet mob would have you believe.