Mojang Not 'Boycotting' E3, They're Just Not Going

Yesterday, the website MCV reported that Mojang was boycotting E3 due to the ESA's support of SOPA, the Stop Online Patriot Act.

In the MCV article, Mojang's Carl Manneh is quoted saying, "The organisation behind the convention support the SOPA initiative in the US. We are against it, and have no wish to support those who support SOPA, it's as simple as that. So we're not going."

SOPA never made it through Congress, and the ESA dropped support of the bill after it became hugely unpopular.

While Manneh's statement may be in line with the strict definition of the word "Boycott", it didn't quite sound like the organised effort that the word implies. Kotaku reached out to Manneh for clarification, asking him if Mojang would be boycotting or simply not attending.

"We are just not attending," Manneh replied in an email. "We didn't have any specific plans for E3 (whether or not to go), but when we found out that ESA supported SOPA we decided not to go."

It sounds like the main reasons for the indie company's non-attendance are logistical. "Since Mojang is a small company and usually brings the majority of the people when attending events, basically all development stops," Manneh said. "For that reason, we really need to prioritise what events we are attending. We think there are other events that fit our profile better. Next up, we're planning our presence at PAX Prime."

So, perhaps less a dramatic boycott and more like your or me saying, "I was going to go to the hardware store, but it's not worth the hassle and they usually don't have what I need. Plus, the owner is a jerk. I think I'll skip it."

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    Too busy with another vacation to attend E3? Stay classy Notch.

      Scrolls and 0x10 ͨ, this is all I can think of when it comes to what they'd want to show off at E3, and everyone already knows about both. So perhaps instead of Notch going on a vacation that you somehow feel he isn't entitled to, it's just a sensible decision to save time and money for something that doesn't need to be.

        Theres also the fact that E3 is media/trade only nowadays.

        And something like Mojang was made big by the fans. So it makes way more sense they would be going to Pax Prime over E3

      On the contrary , I think you're missing the point. They do not agree with the producers of E3, as you shouldn't either. They support internet censorship through the state. I don't, and you shouldn't.

      Stop slandering Mojang, and Notch, and get a life.


      Apparently the US was trying to pass a bill that would make it illegal for citizens to be overly patriotic online, for political correctness sake.

        Wow really. I'd support that! Even if it did break some free speech rights. Supporting the right or the lefts over rated after all.

    The Stop Online Patriot Act? Gosh, I sure do hate that one!

    (By the way, is what Ben Kuchera said about typos true? If so, please don't detest me, I would like my words to appear here at some point in the future.)

    Now there is CISPA.

    WTF US government...

    One hit wonders... happens in music all the time, they will be working for kotaku in 5 years when their money runs out

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