One of the biggest issues in the gaming industry right now is the Stop Online Piracy Act. Really, it’s a big deal in every industry. If this bill passes, the internet as we know it will be transformed into the biggest unusable resource we will come to know. The act will seek legal action against anyone or any site that posts probable copyrighted material, and this could lead to tons of sites being shut down.
One of the biggest upsets about this is that there are more than a handful of companies backing SOPA, including CNET and more recently GoDaddy (though they claim to have stopped their support back in December). With all these different companies joining up for support, many of us wondered who would be fighting for the gamer side of things. Well, that question has been answered, and we’ve gotten some grand help.
Epic Games, the developer behind the huge Gears of War series, has taken a stand against SOPA. They’ve even issued an official statement, coming from the Senior PR Manager Dana Crowley herself:
“We do not support the current version of SOPA. We are members of theEntertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade organization that is working with legislators to refine the bill.”
Once Epic took their stand on the bill, many other companies lined up for support as well. Some of these companies include Deep Silver, Capcom USA, Electronic Arts, and even NVIDIA. These companies will be contacting the ESA over the matter, and will be looking to find some ground with which to fight back the bill. It’s come good news to come, and a nice update on the whole issue. It looks like while the companies want to put a stop to online piracy, they don’t want our rights infringed upon. What do you think?