One Game Now Lets Players Customize Female Characters. Here’s Why It’s A Win For Women In Gaming.

"The time for female ballers in LIVE is now."

For the first time in the history of EA Sports's NBA Live video game, users will be able to customize female players to play on the court.

The Create-A-Player tool will allow people to make fully customizable female players. People can use NBA Live 19's face-scanning technology to make players look like themselves, choose from preset head models, and pick from hundreds of hairstyles to design their players, EA Sports announced. Users can also create mixed-gender teams.

"There are no differences in these limits for female players vs. male players, so everybody will have equal options when setting their player's physical attributes," EA Sports explains. 

NBA Live 19 also features "'Icon Abilities' based on the unique skill set of specific female basketball stars and expands access to the game's career mode, 'The One,' to women players," Fortune reports. 

"In NBA LIVE 19, we’re giving you the most customizable game experience ever and adding female created players for the first time in franchise history," EA Sports writes on its website. "The time for female ballers in LIVE is now."

People have taken to social media in response to the news:

Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) President Lisa Borders said in a statement: "We are thrilled to see their steadfast commitment to inclusion and self-expression come to life in NBA Live 19."

Players Brittney Elena and Candace Parker have also tweeted in response to being featured in the game: 

WNBA players were introduced to NBA Live for the first time last year, BBC reports, and, according to Fortune, EA Sports has featured female players in sports games since at least FIFA 16, which was released almost three years ago. This latest move is a welcome one toward inclusion, as about 41 percent of gamers are said to be female but representation on-screen is low — just 8 of 109 games introduced at 2017's E3 Expo featured female protagonists.

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