League Of Legends' Greg Street Talks LGBT Characters

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League of Legends developer Riot Games is looking at the possibility of adding LGBT characters to their popular MOBA at some point in the future. However, they don't want to force it.

Polygon spoke with the game's design director Greg Street and asked if there would be any point where non-straight characters would be created for the game. This question was partially prompted by the somewhat recent reveal of Overwatch's Tracer as a lesbian.

Street responded by saying that Riot "owe[s] it to the players and [...] to the world to do something like that." However, he notes that he'd rather not do it in a force way, adding he's "sure [they'll] do it at some point" but that doesn't know what character or when.

According to the article, when it does happen, it will probably be via storytelling outside the game.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (28)

Nik 5 years ago
I am a gay member of this community and I agree that this matter shouldn't be forced into the game. Being a LGBT supporter I believe that representation is needed but can be gone about in a different manner. Being gay is not the most important characteristic in any person this is normally overshadowed by many other things that drives a person which are much more important, while adding this portion to a characters back story may benefit some I believe that we should begin in a way that supports a normal beginning just as well a any.

popper 5 years ago
I don't think they will add LGBT characters since that could result into the game being banned in many countries for spreading LGBT propaganda, like Overwatch was.

ElusiveXTreasure 5 years ago
I mean... do what you like... but why is this even a subject in gaming? What does it matter what gender or sexual preference you are when you're playing something that quite frankly is already ambiguous and anonymous. Males play female characters and vice versa.... unless the story of the character blatantly tells you that they're a straight biological female... how do you even know the characters aren't already LGBT related?

Roderick 5 years ago
Cait Vi, Ezreal Taric, Illaoi, Darius Garen, All of em gay :3

Tsandsoup 5 years ago
Why People from LGBT deserve so much publicity? Do what you want with your life i dont care but dont go on the streets yelling your heart out that you are gay or a tran. we dont care!
BTW i am not in any way of form saying that i am a homophob i just think that LGBT community doesnt deserve so much media attention if any.

Anlu 5 years ago
It saddens me to see how ignorant the gaming community can be. Most comments clearly come from people who don't know a thing about the subject.

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Emil Filipov 5 years ago
What do you even mean by this? We already have representatives of the LGBT community - Ezreal, Taric... Come on now.

Trenix 5 years ago
The enabling and advertising of mental illness continues, lol.

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LAMBDA471 5 years ago
That's bullshit. I don't play LoL, but if I did, I would play it for the character's skill and overall game play, not their back story.

We live in the pussy age right now, where the politically correct social justice warriors wanna kiss ass and want everyone with them to kiss ass as well. This is just a fad that will go away in a few years, because normal people are sick with retarded uneducated millenials arguing about things the don't understand and when this goes away, people will be left with all those useless efforts of creating a safe space for those idiots that no one needs anymore.

rustybutter 5 years ago
I could really careless what anyone's sexuality is as long as it is not forced on me. That being said in a game that puts no emphasis on sex...what's the point. Its purely to say look what we did we are socially unbiased please don't sue us. Sexuality is unimportant it is a side note in who you are alot of lbgt community make it everything and thats where they lose people. They make small issues huge and impose themselves on other people like game devs and then get mad if there beliefs do not match. They say be who you want to be...as long as you believe like us otherwise you are a this or a that. Pushing sex into thing that have nothing to do with it is a fast way to lose your fans base. Sex is not everything no one cares if a character wants to have sex with a rock or identifies as a lobster. No one cares so dont bring it up. You dont see them doing it for the straight ones.

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NGoHT 5 years ago
So i can finally "gay" players and blame it on their characters so no ban? awwwwwww. Now make Polish ones too so i can get away with insulting them too.

Gir 5 years ago
And so begins the self destructive downfall of riot games.

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rofl 5 years ago
So implement stereotypical LGBT characters to appeal to the ultra liberal crowd?

This game isn't about sex, it's idiotic to add this to the game.

Who's to say that some of the already existing characters aren't straight, it isn't explicitly nor implicitly implied for most of them.

kek 5 years ago
I'm still wondering why do people, developers, have the necessity to implement such things in gaming. Is like implementing Catholicism/'insert religion here' into a game and force feed it to your player base. Often @starbucks you see this random dude with lingerie, like he was looking for attention, stop wearing lingerie games... you're just a freaking game.

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Mykal Quinn 5 years ago
Wait, I thought Caitlyn x Vi was canon? Hmm, I haven't looked at the lore in a long time.

Sensitive topic 5 years ago
Watch out for the gamers who get mad over this decision lmao. But it's their game they should have full say for what they want with it but I agree with everything what the design director said it shouldn't be forced possibly like a smooth transition into the genre so it doesn't make the gamers upset because this is a sensitive topic or at least it is in the USA...


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