I found a post containing a player’s commuications with Blizzard regarding the LGBT issue. The player sent emails requesting clarification on sexual orientation and role-playing situations. The gist of the communications seems to be that, if anyone in the game takes offense to the actions of a player, Blizzard may take action. Merely referring to your significant other on a role-playing server (the player was asking specifically about role-playing servers) is not a warnable offense. Blizzard wants to keep the game free of “clearly offensive” chat. The player questioned a GM in-game to clarify this point, specifically regarding in-game role-playing weddings between same-sex characters. When talking to the GM, he gave the example of two of his friends, who have female characters, and asked if action would be taken against them should their characters choose to get married in-game (emphasis mine):
GM] Once again, while it does have good intentions other players may take offense to it
[Sylveri] So if, for example they wanted to have an in game wedding, as many heterosexual couples do.
[GM] Could be reported
[Sylveri] Anything can be reported, would they be warned or suspended?
[GM] Yes if you review our policies it would be under Sexual Orientation
[Sylveri] So there’s no reference to sexual orientation ever, unless it’s heterosexual?
[GM] Once again, while you may not think there is no reference, other players on the realm might think there is
[Sylveri] Reference to what? Marriage?
[GM] Yes, two females getting married
[Sylveri] But who defines what’s “offensive”?
[GM] Our policies will state that
[GM] Anyone can report and we will take appropriate action
[GM] While it may seem ok because they are truly a heterosexual couple in real life, in game they are two females
[Sylveri] I see, well thank you for your time. I’m sorry that the world hasn’t come farter
I will admit I’m disappointed, my guild enjoyed this game immensely. Again, thanks for the clarification.
[GM] Please keep in mind, you need to worry about the other players
[GM] While I do understand where you are coming from, there are those who do not have the maturity
[Sylveri] So we suffer because of their lack of maturity
[Sylveri] I understand Blizzard’s position, but that doesn’t mean we like it, or will support it.
[GM] I am sorry you feel that way
In a follow-up post, the player writes that Blizzard has been allegedly deleting threads pertaining to this issue.
EDIT: Right. Can I just clarify that I am not the player who talked to the GM in-game? As I said before, I merely discovered the post containing the player’s email communcations and his chat transcripts, and thought it would be of enough interest to link to on my blog. If you would like more information, please direct your queries to the player himself. Cheers.