In the interest of diversity and inclusion, Sports Interactive has revealed that this year’s Football Manager 2018 will allow players to come out as gay. The assumption is that, with as many professional footballers as there are in the world, statistically a portion of them are going to be gay, so let them be gay in the game.
You might be wondering to yourself, “What difference does it make?” The developer has a good answer for that, and it’s all about normalising the concept. “We know from the amount of professionals that there has to be players who are gay but feel they don’t want to come out,” said game director Miles Jacobson, talking to the BBC. “I find it weird that it’s still a problem in football so we decided to try and show people that coming out isn’t a big deal and can be a positive thing.”
Understandably, this will only be a thing for fictitious players generated in-game. Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, but if it was a random event that could trigger for any player, some of the real-life players might take issue. In the game, players will come out as gay to the press, which will then have a small knock-on effect in terms of support from the LGBT community, but obviously won’t affect their actual stats.
Progressives are being all, like, “oh my god, how is being gay still news in 2017” – but it is, because people still care too much about what other people do with their lives (in my opinion).