PC Game Cancels E3 Appearance As SOPA Protest, Shutting Down Beta For 24 Hours

You may have noticed a few websites around the place pledge to "shut down" on January 18 in protest against the awful Stop Online Piracy Act. That's all well and good, but now Red 5 Studios, the developers behind the upcoming Firefall, are doing it as well. Thing s, they're shutting down their video game.

Firefall's beta will go offline for all of January 18, as will the game's website. They'll be down for 24 hours, the outage "simulating" the effect SOPA could have on many websites if it's passed.

"We are extremely disappointed in this misguided legislation", Firefall CEO Mark Kern told Shacknews. "We are also ashamed of the ESA for supporting a bill which is clearly not in the best interests of gamers or the game industry".

The ESA is the group organising E3, so as an added gesture, Kern later adds "I just had my staff cancel our E3 plans".

Firefall dev shutting down beta in protest of SOPA [Shacknews]


    As much as I'm in support of these actions and I am sure they will be effective, there is such a thing as taking it too far (shutting down a game and cancelling E3 plans?)..

      Maybe the people in the beta upon realising they can't play for a night will be annoyed enough to use that time to write their representatives, sure most won't but every bit helps! And it's one serious serious issue.

      Which isn't an issue if the ESA turns themselves away from supporting SOPA

      They would be able to re organize their booth one would assume.

      Besides E3 is media only these days it's not really punishing gamers as such

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    But really, good on them, there might be better ways to combat SOPA, but at least they're doing/saying something.

    Good on 'em!

    to hell with not playing games, just abandon America and move to a more civilized country.

      Good idea. If I lived there, I would. No civil rights anymore (from the NDAA) = Me picking up and going to where PEOPLE are treated as people (America considers corporations to be 'people').

      You do understand that SOPA will effect every country not just America

        It will affect websites hosted in the US. They can send a letter to sites hosted in other countries.

    Wait what the people behind e3 supports sopa? Why the hell is there still e3 then? E3 is the biggest act to violate sopa and they still do it? Talk about sarcasm.

    Thing s,

    Nice proof reading there.

    Now there's someone who can let their his actions speak louder than this words!

    Awesome, cool to see companies doing things that'll make an impact... though I wonder if it will have any lasting or positive effect.

    Not sure how much of an effect it will have, but good on them for at least making an effort to stand up to this ludicrous SOPA bill.

    If it passes and then turns to shit, at least Red5 will be able to say "told you so..." along with everyone else with half a brain who has read the bill and realised what a farce it is.

    For those of you not in the loop about what SOPA is; The bill effectively lets anyone claim a website is acting illegally, such as posting torrent links, and shut it down for 24-48 hours while it is investigated.

    So even if illegal stuff is posted on your website by a random user on a thread in your forums, someone can file a complaint, the website gets shut down, and the website owner will be accountable for any legal issues. It opens up the possibility of companies engaging in internet warfare.

    Imagine how much money a site would lose if it it was taken down for a whole day due to some punk filing a bogus claim...

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