EA pledges to ‘do better’ after Behind The Sims summit ‘did not fairly represent our vast gaming community’
EA acknowledged that it “did not fairly represent [its] vast community of gamers” after the Behind The Sims summit featured mostly only white content creators.
The publisher issued a public statement promising to “do better” after the creator, speaker and host Ebonix called the company after its highly anticipated broadcast only featured one color simmer.
“You are right in your frustrations, and we let you down,” EA Told (opens in a new tab) Ebonix in a response on Twitter. “We owe it to you and each of our black creators and players to make sure you are seen and celebrated for all that you bring to The Sims and the Sims community.”
Our creator segments during the Behind The Sims Summit did not accurately represent our large community of gamers. Black Simmers deserve to feel seen in everything we do at The Sims, so we hold ourselves accountable for this mistake and will do better in the future. https://t.co/ZOiM7HqOljOctober 22, 2022
In a public quote tweet, EA went further, saying:
“Our creator segments at the Behind The Sims Summit did not accurately represent our vast community of gamers. Black Simmers deserve to feel seen in everything we do at The Sims, so we hold ourselves accountable for this error and will do better to move forward.”
The official Sims Twitter account, however, did not issue a formal apology or explain how it plans to do so in the future.
“Accountability is the first step, but we know accountability without action is just sold dreams,” Ebonix said in response. “The voices I’ve heard come from the community ring clear. There needs to be genuine and meaningful action. Not provoked by these circumstances. We’ll see!”
As part of The Sims Behind the Scenes Summit live stream, developer Maxis has confirmed The Sims 5 is in development under the codename Project Rene (opens in a new tab).
As Sam reported at the time, it will be “built on a foundation of charming Sims, powerful tools, and meaningful stories,” according to Lyndsay Pearson, vice president of franchise creation for The Sims.
“We chose Project Rene because it brings to mind words like renewal, rebirth, [and] rebirth, and it represents our renewed commitment to The Sims,” Pearson explained during the original reveal at the Behind The Sims Summit in October. “That’s what we’re doing, we’re ushering in a new future for The Sims, with a new game experience and more.”
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