The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have officially dropped their support of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, and its Senate counter-part, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are both controversial pieces of legislation that were shelved earlier today much to the relief of many gamers.
As part of SOPA, the act could have limited video game streaming, threatened content creation, and potentially ruined gaming communities as it would have stifled free speech online. The ESA, which includes members like Sony, Nintendo, and EA, said in a statement that, "From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites."
They continued, "Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry's creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals. Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution."
The ESA had been strong supporters of SOPA and we can understand why a video game organization would want to stop online piracy. They, and by association all of their members, now join companies like Epic Games and Riot Games who stand against the bill.
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