Epic Games Does Not Support SOPA

bp9801 - January 5, 2012 04:58PM in Gaming

Earlier in the week, the Entertainment Software Association announced its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), joining other big names supporting the bill. One of the ESA's members, Epic Games, does not like the decision made by the ESA. In fact, Epic Games does not support SOPA, at least not the current version of the bill. Epic Games' senior PR manager Dana Cowley explained the studios' stance thusly:

Epic Games supports efforts that would stop overseas websites profiting from pirating our games, but we have to do that in a way that's compatible with freedom of speech and due process of law. Thus, we do not support the current version of SOPA.

Those are some pretty terse words concerning SOPA and why Epic does not support it, but it is a welcome change. Several companies supporting SOPA, like the NFL and the Motion Picture Association of America, argue necessary protection for content creators is afforded by the bill, while those opposed, like Google, Facebook, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say SOPA goes against First Amendment rights. Several major media corporations also support SOPA, and I am sure everyone has their own opinion of it. It is nice to see companies like Epic speaking out about SOPA, especially when the ESA supports the bill.