SOPA Opposition Continues To Grow As League For Gamers Gain Support

By Colin Tan on January 20, 2012, 2:59AM EDT
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The opposition against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) continues to grow as the newly established League for Gamers gains more studio support.

Austin and Houston-based Night Owl Games have joined the League for Gamers, an anti-SOPA lobby group created by game developer Red 5 Studios. The group is currently calling for members of the industry and media to boycott this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in protest of the Entertainment Software Association's support for SOPA.

"We at Night Owl Games are opposed to any type of legislation that prevents innovation in online gaming. We have decided to join the League for Gamers because we believe the new organization will do a better job at representing the interests of the entire game industry rather than a small number of the biggest companies," stated Night Owl Games CEO Chris Mayer.

"While we strongly believe that fighting piracy is a major concern for the game industry, the potential for abuse and the chilling effect of SOPA and PIPA outweigh any relief it might provide to copyright holders. We believe this new organization can help us identify and support legislation that protects our industry while not inadvertently hurting creativity."

A number of high profile studios have denounced the bills, including Epic, Riot and Bungie. Publishing giant Electronic Arts currently refuses to join the opposition despite gamers and internet uses petitioning the publisher to do so. However, EA Board Member and Director of Engineering at Google recently spoke out against the bills despite the publisher's stance on the matter.

Should the industry and media boycott E3 in protest? Do you think the ESA will get the message if it's done? Indulge us with your thoughts in the comments below.

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