In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which is celebrated on August 26, 505 Games publishes a post on Twitter announcing partnerships with female streamers.
Twitter users immediately criticized the publisher, accusing him of sexism. Players felt that by focusing on women, the company discriminated against men.
"Equality" means, deprive men and give women special privileges over them in a misguided quest for revenge.— Malamo Diamanto (@MalamoDiamanto) 24 August 2019
Anyone who tries to deny it by now is just, a joke.
“Equality” means to deprive men and give women certain privileges in a false desire for revenge. Anyone who is trying to deny this is wrong.
Women's equality by discriminating against men. Good one.— Thoran Wolf (@ThoranWolf) 24 August 2019
Women’s equality through discrimination against men. Wow.
Equality = being sexist…… 🧐— Nico R (@NicoR72471318) 25 August 2019
Equality = being a sexist ……
Some players said that due to the 505 Games tweet, they would not buy Control.
Thanks for needlessly politicising the game. I'll be choosing to spend my time and money elsewhere.— Paul Blank (@TheLocalGod) 25 August 2019
Thank you for politicizing the game unnecessarily. I would rather spend my time and my money on something else.
Seriously? Heck even my wife thinks this is discrimination against men. Why do men have to be beneath women for women to have equality? I really do love her. Thanks for saving me the cash I was going to spend on this, She would be mad at me for supporting this.— m.steff.jr (@marksteffjr) 25 August 2019
Seriously? Hell, even my wife thinks this is discrimination against men. Why should men cave in under women for their equality? I really love her. Thank you for saving me the money I was going to spend on the game. My wife would be angry if she knew that I support this.
Think I will be pirating it win win you get no money from me and I still play it— The Commies Semi Retarded brother Lenin (@Stephen13445612) 25 August 2019
I think I’m spinning her. Everyone will be fine: you won’t get the money, but I’ll play anyway.
Ah, thank you. So very helpful. I think I'll avoid you for the foreseeable future.— Ξ V I L S Ҝ I И 늑대 (@Voidwatcher) 24 August 2019
Oh, thanks. You have helped so much. I think I will avoid you in the near future.
I was on the fence about buying this game, thanks for saving me some money though as this is ridiculous.— Kent Clark (@muchmorebizarre) 25 August 2019
I really planned to buy this game. Thank you for saving my money.
Yeah cool, won't be buying any more games you publish.— OtherBarry (@OtherBarryM8) 24 August 2019
Sexism isn't ok on either side.
Cool, they won’t buy the games you publish anymore. Sexism is not normal, whatever it may be.
However, some users thanked 505 Games for their support and advised the publisher not to pay attention to negative comments. Among those who spoke out in support of the company was Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad.
He drew attention to the fact that not only women got early access to the game, and 505 Games only focused on them as part of Equality Day.
Someone tried to justify it to me as them excluding men from streaming early. But if they’d bother to look into it for one second they’d see that there are male streamers playing it. The tweet was just highlighting female streamers too.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) 25 August 2019
Some are trying to say that I support the ban on early streams for men. But if they look, they will see that men also broadcast Control. The tweet simply “highlighted” female streamers.
Control will be released on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 27.