‘Injustice 2’ Developer Apologizes From LGBTQIA+ Members

Nobody expected it but the mobile version of Injustice 2 – which is free to play – has received a very good attention from gaming community since it was first released 4 years ago. It has been downloaded over 10 million times. The gameplay is not very different than the PC or console versions of the game; swipe to hit, collect cards, etc. Winning unlocks functional gears and of course the usual mobile gaming features such as log-in bonuses and daily challenges exist.

In Injustice 2, players work together to reach certain goals to complete some tasks such as beating up Poison Ivy hundreds of thousands of times to complete Pride celebration event and receive Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy tokens in a reference to their romantic relationship in comic books. The issue here is that Poison Ivy is a well-known bisexual character in DC Universe and the players saw the dilemma here. The reactions against beating up a LGBTQIA+ member to celebrate pride were heard by the studio and they not only deleted the original event announcement from Twitter but also made a statement apologizing for the “insensitive and inappropriate” event.

The apology is as follows:

“We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate. Real life violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and women within that community in particular is all too common and we should actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalize it. We apologize to the greater community, but especially LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better.”

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