Video game publishers pull their support for SOPA ... kind of

A number of major game publishers have decided to join GoDaddy and pull their formal support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. Joystiq reports that the US Congress House Judiciary Committee's list of company supporters for SOPA now no longer includes Electronic Arts, Sony Electronics and Nintendo. Another game publisher, Microsoft, quietly decided to oppose SOPA in November.

None of the game companies have given any official comments about why they now oppose SOPA, which is scheduled to be voted on by the US Congress when they return to duty later in January. Certainly the act of supporting SOPA has proven costly for GoDaddy, at least on a PR level.

While Sony Electronics is now no longer an official SOPA supporter, other Sony divisions are still shown on the US Congress House Judiciary Committee's list. Most importantly, the video game trade group the Entertainment Software Association, which also runs the E3 trade show, is also still listed as a SOPA backer. The ESA's membership includes EA, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft so by proxy those companies are technically still support the bill through the ESA. So far, the ESA has yet to comment about its own support of SOPA.

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Wombatt said,
Ohh... Interesting.
It appears this SOPA bill is becoming bit of a big joke.

This boycott is certainly working. **** enough people off and you can indeed change things.

Wombatt said,
Ohh... Interesting.
It appears this SOPA bill is becoming bit of a big joke.

Is becoming? More like has been since day one and still is.

Tony. said,

This boycott is certainly working. **** enough people off and you can indeed change things.

I really have doubts in my mind that this bill will pass in the United States. With the amount of people in the country, it would seem highly unlikely that the government would let this bill go through now that they have seen that the public do in fact realize and rightly reject the implications of the outrageous bill. If they pass this, I think the pressure on the nation will rise above the pressure mounted by those strong supporters.

Tweaky Nippleton said,
Psst, MS is a member of the the ESA too >.>

thanks for telling everyone again

"The ESA's membership includes EA, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft so by proxy those companies are technically still support the bill through the ESA"

Tweaky Nippleton said,
Psst, MS is a member of the the ESA too >.>

FTA: Another game publisher, Microsoft, quietly decided to oppose SOPA in November.

Enron said,

FTA: Another game publisher, Microsoft, quietly decided to oppose SOPA in November.

Quietly opposing is not opposing at all. It's lipservice. Just like the other companies mentioned are paying lipservice. If they truly didn't support it they would pull their support from the trade groups that support it. As it stands, their money is still going to support the bill.

timster said,

thanks for telling everyone again

"The ESA's membership includes EA, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft so by proxy those companies are technically still support the bill through the ESA"

Meh. Also, there's no 'technically support' about it. They still pay money to the ESA which still goes to line congressional pockets to support this. They're all still guilty 'til they pull support form the ESA.

I still can't believe EA pulled themselves from the list.... Seems their annoying code system is working after all....

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
You do realize PIPA is the exact same thing as SOPA, right? One is the Senate version, the other is the House version.

ummm NO.
they are different bills proposed by different sponsors at different times.

i find it alarming that people like you that i asume visit tech blogs on a regular basis are so misinformed on these issues

Edited by chago12, Jan 3 2012, 7:18pm :

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
You do realize PIPA is the exact same thing as SOPA, right? One is the Senate version, the other is the House version.

Yes, I do.
But this is what will happen - companies will outcry SOPA and go with PIPA

Screw EA.. not buying no more of their games even before this. I was a big Battlefield fan and they screwed PC gamers by throwing the expansion to PS3 first and forcing PC gamers to use that crap called Origin even if you owned a physical copy of the damn game. Hell with em.

sava700 said,
Screw EA.. not buying no more of their games even before this. I was a big Battlefield fan and they screwed PC gamers by throwing the expansion to PS3 first and forcing PC gamers to use that crap called Origin even if you owned a physical copy of the damn game. Hell with em.

All this silly hatred for publisher's... Whatever, everyone else can miss out on great games.

Instead of Congress drafting a bill to PROTECT internet users and their privacy, they put their full backing to something that would forever dent the internet's beauty, freedom.

Disgusting.

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