Epic Games withdraws support for SOPA
Trion Worlds does not support of SOPA
38 Studios says SOPA needs restructuring
Hi, so I've put together a simple post pleading with developers and gamers to focus their internet super powers on getting the ESA to drop SOPA support. If They can get the Ocean Marketing guy fired forever, I'm sure They can blow this up as well. I feel like because the ESA is one step removed from direct consumerism, it's not getting the heat like it should be.
If you work for any of the companies that are ESA members, please talk to your higher ups about contacting the ESA to have them withdraw SOPA support. In effect, your company is supporting the SOPA bill. There are over 30 really great companies that have made amazing games that are effectively supporting the SOPA bill.
So if you work for
- SEGA of America, Inc.
- Konami Digital Entertainment
- Capcom USA, Inc.
- Epic Games, Inc.
- Sony Computer Entertainment America (Yes, I realize they dropped formal support, but are still ESA members and support SOPA by proxy)
- Sony Online Entertainment, Inc.
- Electronic Arts (Yes, I realize they dropped formal support, but are still ESA members and support SOPA by proxy)
- Microsoft Corporation
- Nintendo of America Inc. (Yes, I realize they dropped formal support, but are still ESA members and support SOPA by proxy)
- Square Enix, Inc.
- Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
- Ubisoft Entertainment, Inc.
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- THQ, Inc.
- XSEED Games
- 505 Games
- Deep Silver
- Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.
- Eidos Interactive
- Her Interactive, Inc.
- Ignition Entertainment
- 345 Games
- LEVEL-5 Inc.
- Natsume Inc.
- Nexon America, Inc.
- O-Games, Inc.
- Perfect World Entertainment
- 38 Studios
- Tecmo Koei America Corporation
- Trion Worlds, Inc. (From what I can tell Trion opposes SOPA, but hopefully are talking to the ESA)
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Lots of people work for these companies! If you work at one of these companies talk to your boss and get them talking to the ESA! Ask what your company's stance is!
If you love those companies, get on your favorite company's forums and complain that they are letting the ESA support SOPA by proxy! And consider writing the actual ESA as well (see below).
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has done a lot of good for the video games industry, including facilitating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that games should be protected by the First Amendment like books and movies, and promoting STEM to further games and learning.
Unfortunately the ESA is still shown on the SOPA support list. The "Stop Online Piracy Act" bill will be voted on some time this year (probably soon). The proposed bill will likely stifle innovation and self-expression on the internet, and grant corporations plenty of power to abuse, given the broad manner in which the bill is written. If you're wondering what the fuss is all about, here's a detailed explanation as to why constitutional scholars believe the bill infringes on the First Amendment, and a general overview of what the bill is about.
Recently Sony Electronics, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have stopped their direct support of SOPA. But as long as the ESA is still listed, the game industry as a whole is supporting SOPA.
I know The Internet has written and complained about SOPA so it feels like someone else is handling this--but this is gaming. Gamers are being represented by the ESA saying we *support* SOPA.
If you don't agree with this then please write the Entertainment Software Association, whether you're a gamer or game developer, and ask that they withdraw their support for SOPA as soon as possible.
ESA contact page
The current president of the ESA is Mike Gallagher, and while it's not listed, his email is likely
Please send him your email as well (I've sent one there and it's not bounced at least).
In addition, here are all current companies listed as ESA members. They will have further ability to convince the ESA to drop SOPA support, so please write them as well.
If you need a kick in the pants, here's my simple email I've already sent to the ESA. Please use it as a starting point, or even better, write something better from scratch!