Video games come in every genre imaginable with experiences that are literally out of this world, while others are based on reality.
Sports games are usually based on what we know to be real. Real players, real teams, real plays. Developers go out of their way to make sure that the jersey colors are spot on, that the shoes are just right, that the field is perfect, that each arena’s hardwoods reflect the scrolling signs, that the ice shows the lines, that the ring is balanced, and much more. Today’s sports games are as close to a virtual duplication of the original as possible.
EA is widely known for producing sports games, with a list of titles that spans just about every major professional league. Their most popular title is FIFA.
As of 2011, the FIFA franchise is in 51 countries and 18 languages and it has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. FIFA 12 holds the record for the “fastest selling sports game ever” with over 3.3 million games sold and over 186 million dollars in its first week of release.
If you’ve ever played a FIFA title, you know that there are different game modes to choose from and all sorts of ways to customize your play experience, except in one area. None of the FIFA titles have an option for female players or for female teams.
Let’s be real here. Women play this game all over the world. Here in the U.S., we have the term “soccer mom” for those individuals who schedule everything in their calendars around their daughters’ games and practices. It’s part of the culture in many countries and forty percent of all players in the U.S. are female. Add to that, that nearly fifty percent of all gamers are female and you can see why this doesn’t make good gaming sense.
There are professional female teams in the world. EA wouldn’t have to invent teams, colors, franchises, or anything to support something that doesn’t exist. Women and girls everywhere play this sport. We play games. Why can’t we combine the two?
Fernanda Schbarum agrees, and has started a petition. You can read more about it here.
You don’t have to be a gamer to understand that we have a place in this sport. You don’t have to be a player to understand that we want to see ourselves represented in the sports that we play. Here’s your opportunity to let EA know how you feel.