Both men and women worldwide play soccer—so why are only male players available as character options in FIFA’s videogames? That will eventually change, according to the game’s maker, David Rutter, though it may not be on the FIFA platform. Though the question itself is nothing new, a recent online petition asked EA Sports to add female players to the game’s arsenal, which led Rutter to respond to the petition’s creator, Fernanda Schabarum. “They’ve got to wait for the right time,” she said. “It’s a marketing matter.” So it’s all about money—a sensitive subject after a Mia Hamm game fell flat in 2000.
Producer says inclusion will come soon.