Big Game Makers Drop SOPA Support

The Stop Online Piracy Act, currently a bill before the US Congress, is utterly detested by the internet, in case you don't read the internet. Gamers don't think much of it either, as it would have some rather stupid ramifications for how they enjoy that lifestyle and consume its products. So it's of note that Nintendo, Sony and Electronic Arts have taken their names off the latest list of supporters of the bill.

Business Insider points us to the official Senate Judiciary committee roundup of supporters and notes that, last time, Sony, Nintendo and EA were on this list. This time they aren't. It's not hard to guess why, given what happened to GoDaddy; it's terrible PR in the sector that is most opposed to the bill and requires the most management, even on a good day.

Now, Sony still has three music divisions listed in support, and as Voodoo Extreme notes, it, Nintendo and EA are members of the Entertainment Software Association, and that organisation is still listed in support. So there's still lobbying in support of this bill done on behalf of all three and you better believe they are very influential members of that organisation. My opinion is that one of the three, maybe, and two of them definitely, could get the ESA to drop its name. That is my opinion, though.

To make a record of it, yes, we're aware that Anonymous has allegedly threatened Sony over this. Again, this is by definition a leaderless organisation, so anyone can make and upload a video threat in its name. Similar calls to action have been shot down by others within Anonymous in the past. So whether this comes to pass, no one can say, and no one can say if this is even a legitimate threat.

But it does speak, generally, for the anger against SOPA, and it's not hard to see why Sony would pull its name -- well, the names over its video game unit, anyway -- from the bill in light of that. That's not to say it, Nintendo of America and EA no longer support it, not with the ESA still aboard.

Now The Largest Game Companies In The World Have Dropped Support For A Bill The Internet Hates [Business Insider]


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    i notice a lot of companies in that list that to my knowledge do not techincally have piratreable goods.

      It's amazing what some behind scenes lobbying and shenanigans can do eh?

      You support this bill i'll support yours!

      Yep, gotta love that... It's like how things like the international whaling commission have tons of landlocked countries as members; pro and anti whaling countries bribe them with support to sign up and vote their way.

      I just noticed L’Oreal is on the list, sure they would have a pretty big problem with rip off fakes coming out of china but, that has nothing to do with online.

        Except a lot of those fakes are probably marketed and sold (wholesale/retail) online.

    Sony's having a bet each way.

    Why is there a separate "EMI Christian Music Group"?

    Oh good, the Teamsters are behind it. That makes this good legislation.

    It'd be nice to see statements from supporters as to why they support SOPA and what their understanding is of the legislation. I'm keen to know, for instance, why "Concerned Women for America" (a rather broadly-named group) is supportive of SOPA.

      concerned women for America are an ultra-conservative group who would love to see sites that say that things like homosexuality isnt the end of the world get taken offline.

      I can see why some of the music and movie industry and whatnot are for the bill. Its a nice way to control all those ddl of music and movie shenanigans

      What I am rather interested in is why the Electrical Workers Union is also supporting this bill... seems counter productive to their usual equal rights and whatnot stance.

    Glad to see someone is thinking of the moneychildren.

    Yeh, the ESA really need to drop their support otherwise those three dropping their support doesn't really mean a heck of a lot in the bigger picture.

      It's purely PR manipulation. To the general public they're not associated, yet to the government they are clearly behind it lobbying via the ESA.

    "True Religion Brand Jeans"
    Man, now I want to go download a pair of jeans...

    Sony's just pulling an Obama & claiming not to support it to avoid bad press, then signing off on it when nobody's looking...cough* NDAA* cough...

    Hope they force esa to droP. Respsect foe nintendo went up though.

    If this bill goes through, Anonymous will have a field day. It's pretty much the definition of what they are against, so you can almost guarantee they will go nuts

      Can't help but notice that at least half the names on that list are either law-enforcement-associated agencies or have absolutely nothing to do with the industry and are there simply as names and numbers for the bill

    It appears almost everyone the bill is designed to "protect" are opposed to it, and the impressive-at-first-glance list of names consists almost entirely of those it will give no help to whatsoever. Can anyone else see the corruption.

    SOPA should never happen.

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