Firefall dev shutting down beta in protest of SOPANews
SOPA ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ is a huge topic right now and many sites plan to take action on the January 18th by shutting down services and taking down sites. One of those companies is Firefall dev Red 5 Studios who will be taking down not only their site but the beta for 24 hours on the 18th. They also have plans to not attend E3 unless the ESA drops their support.
Calling SOPA “misguided legislation,” Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern said the proposed bill would hurt smaller game companies, “who will not have the legal resources or lobbying presence to protect themselves from unwarranted shutdown.”
“We are extremely disappointed in this misguided legislation. 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,” Kern added. This quote comes about because the Entertainment Software Assoiciation has admited that they support the bill along side a number of large major gaming companies.
When asked if Red 5 Studios would appear at future E3 events considering the company’s position against the ESA, CEO Mark Kern said: “No, we will not attend E3 unless ESA reverses their stance.”
“I just had my staff cancel our E3 plans,” Kern added in a follow-up email.
Red 5 Studios is joining Reddit in protest of SOPA by going dark on January 18. We will be taking down our website, community site and Firefall beta for 24 hours on the 18th.
We are extremely disappointed in this misguided legislation. 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.
This bill, and it’s sister bill, Protect IP, will shut down live streaming, shout casting, user generated content and have a chilling effect on game innovation and social media.
Most of all, it hurts the smaller game companies, who will not have the legal resources or lobbying presence to protect themselves from unwarranted shutdown.
We issue a call to all our industry peers, including developers, publishers and game press, to join us in letting the ESA know they do not represent our views on this issue, and strongly oppose SOPA and PIPA.
– via Mark Kern, Red 5 Studios
Source: Shack News