Gay Video Gaming Gets a Boost

Electronic Arts to join GaymerCom. Plus: Geeks get ready for Spirit Day

Known for bestselling titles like Sims, Battlefield and Madden NFL, Electronic Arts (EA) could change the way gamers think about LGBT-themed video games. The video game maker announced it would join next year’s GaymerCon in San Francisco. It’s the first-ever gaming and tech convention for the LGBT community and EA is the first mainstream mover and shaker to sign on.

“EA believes that to be truly innovative, you must be inclusive,” Ginger Maseda, EA’s head of global diversity and inclusion, said in a press statement. “We are proud to be a part of this event.”

GaymerCon has also teamed up with GLAAD for Spirit Day on Oct. 19, which encourages people to wear purple to support LGBT youth. GaymerCon is holding a contest to find out who can make the best video to help raise awareness for the event, as well as issues related to homophobia and bullying. Just share your story in video format to win top prizes, including a new Xbox 360 signed by the Xbox Live staff and free passes to GaymerCon 2013. The videos will be shared online and on Facebook.

Find out more about the contest, how you can submit a video and where to vote for your favorites: