US publishing giant Electronic Art has issued a statement outlining its support for trans rights and women's rights.
In a post on its website, the company's chief people officer Mala Singh said that it had been in discussions with staff over EA's apparent reluctance to take a public stance on the infringements against women's reproductive rights and trans rights.
After EA leadership's lack of statements on these issues – as well as Pride month – staff threatened a walkout.
"As a company, we are united that Trans Rights are Human Rights. Women’s Rights are Human Rights," Singh wrote.
"Our support is unwavering for our people, our players, and our LGBTQ+ communities.
"We will continue to focus and direct our collective energy in the areas of promoting equality through the stories and characters in our games, in creating a safe and inclusive workplace at EA, and in ensuring health care access if care isn’t available locally. We recognise that the landscape continuously evolves, and we will continue to assess how we support the needs of these communities."
Singh added that EA would be donating to the ACLU, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Out and Equal.
Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist and writer who has worked with Electronic Arts in the past.