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access_time January 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM in Culture by John Speerbrecker

Firefall, Others Shutting Down for SOPA Protest Jan 18th

In addition to other sites and servers acting out against the SOPA legislation, Red 5 Studios will also be taking part in this nation-wide protest. Known for their upcoming MMORPG Shooter Firefall, they will take part by shutting down their servers on January 18th in protest to SOPA (Stop Online PiracyAct).

In a recent interview, The CEO of the studio, reinforced his statement because smaller development companies like his do not have the resources available to fight an unwarranted shutdown of their site.

“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 said, taking his protest of the organization that puts on the annual E3 event one step further. “We will not attend E3 unless ESA reverses their stance.”

“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.”

This is a very bold move for them however admirable it may seem. In order for it to work, Other companies will have to join them in protest and not attend E3.  Lets hope that some of the larger companies take a cue from this action and join forces. If not, we can expect to see a growing rift between the two or in other words, “Corporate Class Warfare.”

Not only are the Firefall developers making a stand, Mojang.com and Minecraft.net will be taking part in this day of action.



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