Final Fantasy XIV Online and Sydney Gaymers are collaborating to make the MMO the first video game to march as part of a float in Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Which is a win for Gaymers everywhere, really.
The collaboration will see members of Australia's 2,600-strong Sydney Gaymer community join forces with Australian FFXIV players. The group will join up with a float created under the title of "Realms United".
Square Enix and Sydney Gamers reps offered the following commentary alongside the announcement:
"Sydney Gaymers is thrilled to be collaborating with Final Fantasy XIV Onlinefor its 2019 float entry, titled Realms United. It means so much to receive direct support, validation and acknowledgement from such a force in the industry. Not only that, to be supported by a game where so much of our community and values are represented. The Final Fantasy XIV Online community does not discriminate and respects everyone's freedom and their individual values equally. For many LGBTQI+ people, online communities provide a space for the journey and exploration of personal identities They allow us to connect, and celebrate, and they reinforce that we are not alone. Sydney Gaymers could not have a better sponsor to help create the most ambitious float it has ever undertaken," offered Organiser for Sydney Gaymers, Peak Distapan.
"This collaboration could never have been realised without the efforts of our community. When FFXIV took part in PAX Australia, it was the FFXIV players in Australia who offered us the greatest welcome and utmost support. This led on to our community and Sydney Gaymers working together to make the collaboration a reality. To see it makes me very happy indeed, both as the person in charge of FFXIV and also as just another player of the game. FFXIV is another world that continues to grow and expand online. In that world people become adventurers, known as the Warriors of Light, and can continue to be free. I would like to continue developing this world, hand in hand with communities across the globe," said Final Fantasy XIV Online Producer and Director, Naoki Yoshida.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is now in its 41st year. The festivities run for two-weeks every year to celebrate the power and diversity of the LGBTQI+ community and culminates in a parade through central Sydney.
Sydney Gaymers is now in its fifth year of participating in the Mardi Gras festivities.