The organisers of a Battlefield 3 launch party in Texas, USA, have banned female gamers from attending.
PowersGaming initially wrote in an FAQ on the event, “Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts” (via Kotaku).
The sentence has since been removed and replaced with, “This event is a 'gentlemen's retreat'; as such we do not allow women to attend.”
PowersGaming later issued the following statement:
“We actively discourage gamers from being the kind of mysogynistic jackwagons seen in the Reddit post, and such behavior should not be tolerated. Frankly, we don't like that kind of player either. So far as this event goes, it is an special event designed specifically for male gamers. Further, it is meant as a getaway designed to help said male contingent become better men both for themselves and for those who love us.”
While the event is referred to as a LAN (Local Area Network) party, Battlefield 3 does not support LAN multiplayer. Unsurprisingly, the launch party is not associated with Electronic Arts or DICE. Battlefield 3 is scheduled for release on the 26th of October.