Xbox UK announces a LAN Party for London LGBT Pride. The London event is the largest LGBT Pride celebration of its kind in the UK and is expected to be attended by thousands of LGBT-identified gamers when it kicks off this weekend.
PlayStation will also be sponsoring the event and several developers, such as LittleBigPlanet creators Media Molecule, will be attending as well.
Xbox Confirms London LGBT Pride Plans
Confirmed today, Xbox UK will be sponsoring a LAN Party at London LGBT Pride. Described as the “very first” Pride LGBT Lan Party, and put together in partnership with The Loading Bar, GamerBake and SpecialEffect, Xbox UK will be offering the hardware and the games for the event.
Taking place this Sunday on July 9, the event is free to attend (ticket information is here), though organisers London Gaymers do ask that people donate if they can. “One-of-a-kind” Pride Charity cocktails will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring cake and cookies which will be judged at the end of the day, with a chance to win prizes.
The LAN Party Pride event will feature game tournaments, with more changes to get Xbox prizes too too. Up first is a Rocket League tournament at 4PM, followed by an Overwatch tournament at 8PM. Rocket League is great fun while Overwatch features LGBTQ characters, so both seem like a good fit for the event.
Xbox UK’s support for the event means that all of the ‘Big Three’ platform holders – Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft – have now pledged support for LGBTQ events this year. Sony and Microsoft are both supporting London LGBT Pride, while Nintendo was a sponsor of LGBTQ-inclusive gaming event GX Australia earlier this year.
All three of the leading platforms, the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch, are currently or will be set to feature LGBTQ inclusive games as well. PS4 and Xbox One have Mass Effect Andromeda and Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker, for example, while the Nintendo Switch will soon be getting 2064: Read Only Memories and Stardew Valley. There is still a long way to go until LGBTQ players feel fully represented in games, but these are big steps that should not be ignored.
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