Recently, many LGBT characters have appeared in the world of games such as “Overwatch” and “Apex Legends”. On the other hand, Russia, which continues to invade Ukraine, sees the recent trend of social recognition of LGBT as propaganda by the US government, and is trying to further strengthen regulations under its domestic laws.
LGBT regulation in Russia tightens further
LGBT, which is a general term for sexual minorities, has become more socially recognized, and there are more opportunities to use it in character settings in the game world.Most recently, in the latest season update “Eclipse” of EA’s popular battle title “Apex Legends”, a new legend (character)catalystis depicted as a trans woman.
On the other hand, the Russian government, which continues to invade Ukraine, uses such expressions as “LGBT Propaganda by the WestUnder the pretext of protecting the Christian values of their own soldiers,“Anti-LGBT Law”There is a legislative change going on.
Originally in Russia, established in 2013 “Law against homosexual propaganda in Russiaprohibits the dissemination of information to minors about “non-traditional sexual relations,” such as homosexuality. Currently, a bill to amend the law is being submitted to expand the scope of protection under this law to include adults and to impose even greater restrictions.
This bill was deliberated in the State House, the lower house of the Russian Federation Parliament, in October, and the first reading (the gist of the bill, constitutionality, urgency, effects when it comes into force, etc. are deliberated) was unanimously accepted. I just passed by.
Are Apex and Overwatch also regulated?
Russian law currently describes LGBT as a “non-traditional way of life” and a “denial of family values,” and such information isPromotes pornography or violence, or promotes racial, ethnic, or religious tensionsare treated equally.
If this amendment is enacted, information that discusses LGBT on the Internet will be blocked, and movies that are considered to portray positively being gay, for example, will be banned.
Its influence spreads across the framework of fiction and non-fiction, and may affect advertising materials, books, and even video games.
Yana Lantratova, First Deputy Speaker of the Russian Duma Education Committee, who leads the group of lawmakers who introduced the bill, has listed dozens of video games featuring gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals. . Regarding these “LGBT propaganda” games, she said, “Makes nontraditional sexual relationships attractive”, I am proposing to impose a fine.
The submitted list is said to include the following titles:
- “assassin’s creed”
- “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood”
- “Assassin’s Creed Rogue”
- “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate”
- “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey”
- “Divinity: Original Sin 2”
- “Dragon Age: Origins”
- “Dragon Age: Inquisition”
- “Life is Strange”
- “The Last of Us”
- “The Last of Us Part II”
- “Apex Legends”
- “Rim World”
Known LGBT characters in Overwatch are Tracer (lesbian) and Soldier 76 (gay). Apex features even more diverse characters, including Bloodhound (non-binary), Gibraltar (gay), Mirage (questioning), Loba (bisexual), Hughes (pansexual), They range from Valkyrie (lesbian), Shea (pansexual), and Catalyst (trans woman). In Russia, it seems that these games are collectively regarded as “LGBT propaganda”.
Fines of up to 5 million rubles for violators
In addition to the above games, Lantratova also cites “The Sims 3” as an example and explains as follows.
“The Sims 3 is also a game that many girls love. In this game, the player has to start a family and the choice of partners is quite wide. You can kiss, ask someone out on a date, fall in love, even start a family and have children. , they are shown this behavior as the norm and given the opportunity to try different family relationship scenarios.”Gazeta.ruCreated based on machine translation).
On the other hand, he said he would not ban teenagers from playing characters of the opposite sex, saying, “We are talking about propaganda when non-traditional relationships are presented as normative or attractive. It is.
The Russian parliament will finalize the administrative responsibility for LGBT propaganda in video games with an amendment to the bill for its second reading.
A fine of 200,000 rubles up to 5 million rubles (approx. , If the violator is a foreigner, he/she will be deported.
If the bill passes, EA with Apex and Blizzard with Overwatch could face fines and regulations due to their names on the list. There are professional players and teams with these titles in Russia, but it is expected that it will be difficult to participate in competitions as a representative of the country in the future.
While there is some disagreement with Russia’s claim that EA and other US companies are supporting the Russian government’s propaganda, it can be said that it shows the high influence of video games these days. Will Apex and Overwatch not be playable in Russia in the future?