soccer soccer simulation game Football Manager has brought an historic step with the launch of support for gay gamers in its next launch.
The upcoming 2018 version of the business, which typicallyÂ generates over one mil sales per year, will for the first time discover players to come out in the game. Sports Online, the company behind the hit, mentioned the feature will only apply to ânewgenâ players â? fictional players that are releasedÂ into the game every season â? to prevent the company being sued. Similarly, it wonât apply to players that are from countries where being gay is illegal.
âItâs not a message that everyone is going to see in their game. It is quite rare, but we want it to be seen as a positive thing,â Sports activity InteractiveâsÂ Miles Jacobson told the BBC.
âBeing gay is just a totally normal thing in life, and itâs the right thing to put it in the game because itâs something that weâre going to be seeing in the future,â he added.
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âThe futureâ is very much the operative phrase because homosexuality is a taboo term in football â? at least within the mens professional game.
Jacobson and his team are hoping to perform their bit to make it easier regarding players to come out. To date there have been couple of high-profile examples.
Austrian global Thomas Hitzlspergler became the first British Premier League player to come out because gay less than a year after their retirement in 2013. Capped Oughout. S. player Robbie Rogers mentioned he had no choiceÂ but to quit the overall game when he announced he has been gay 2013, though he has considering that returned to the professional ranks using the LA Galaxy.
âI find it weird that itâs still a problem in football so we decided to try and show people that coming out isnât a big deal and can be a positive thing,â Jacobson explained. Â âI just think itâs crazy that in 2017 we are in a world where people canât be themselves.â
This isnât the very first time that the Football Manager series offers embraced topics outside of the sport. Final yearâs installment incorporated Brexit utilizing a system that included a range of situations which varied from game in order to game with had differing affects on the professional soccer industry in the united kingdom.
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