ESA Backs Off Support for SOPA and PIPA

Now that SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, ESA now decides to pull its support from the unpopular bills. Good timing too, since Penny Arcade was gathering momentum in having the gaming community boycott E3, since the ESA runs it.

The ESA issued this statement:

“From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites. Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry’s creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals.

Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution.”

Even though the voting for PIPA has been postponed and SOPA gets tossed aside, SOPA and PIPA may rear their ugly heads again in the future. This is why we must remain vigilant and help out by contacting the politicians and letting them know how we feel.

Since ESA is made up of members from top video game companies (Atari, Capcom, Disney Interactive Studios, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, Konami, Microsoft, Midway Games, Namco Bandai Games, Nintendo, Sega, Sony Computer Entertainment, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, THQ, and Ubisoft), I doubt gamers would stop buying games. Or can we?

If only the Death Note is real.

Top Photograph by Phil Stearns

John “Spartan” Nguyen

John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.

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