If Russia thinks your video game promotes homosexuality, it may be banned from the country entirely.
Such is the case with FIFA 17, the world’s most played soccer video game — at least, that’s what Russia MPs hope. They wrote a letter requesting the state communications oversight and state consumer protection agencies research whether the game violated 2013 laws against gay propaganda, reports LGBTQ Nation.
The company behind FIFA, EA Sports, released a free Rainbow kit team uniforms for use in their FIFA Ultimate Team mode throughout the month of November. It was a part of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which sought to “work to make every part of sport welcoming of LGBT people,” the campaign site reads. The uniforms are no longer available.
The letter, published to Russian publication Izvestia, reaffirms the 2013 law which claimed non-traditional sexual relationships can bring “harm to children’s health and development.”
United Russia MP Valery Rashkin told Izvestia that EA Sports should “introduce changes to the programming code or the age classification of this information product, and if it refuses, adopt corresponding restrictive measures.”
EA is unlikely to give in, considering The Human Rights Campaign named the company as one of the best places to work in 2015 in terms of LGBT equality.
In the past, EA has increased their inclusivity of the LGBT community in their games. One of their major titles, Dragon Age: Inquisition, features the series’ first transgender character. Earlier this year, EA’s The Sims 4 received an expansion that allowed for clothing, voices and personalities to be gender neutral, eliminating previous gender restrictions.
These two games, along with a few of their predecessors, also allowed players to have same-sex relationships.