Reddit, Minecraft, Firefall Going Dark Next Week; NVIDIA, GOG, Runic, Frozenbyte Oppose SOPA
Some websites will soon be making a point about what the Stop Online Piracy Act will do to the Internet if it does pass. Next Wednesday, Reddit, Minecraft, and Firefall will all be dark for most or all of the day in a sign of protest of SOPA. From 8am to 8pm EST on Wednesday, January 18th, Reddit will be offline, while Red 5 Studios will be taking down its Firefall website for 24 hours on the 18th. Minecraft creator Notch, who has already voiced his opinions on SOPA, will take down Minecraft.net and Mojang.com on the 18th, but did not mention for how long. NVIDIA, Good Old Games, Runic Games, and Frozenbyte are also opposing SOPA, with NVIDIA echoing Red 5 Studios' statement about the ESA supporting SOPA with consulting any of the members. Red 5 and NVIDIA both say SOPA will hurt the games industry, while Good Old Games likens SOPA to DRM and says it will not have an affect on pirates. GOG sells classic video games without any form of DRM, so it is no wonder it opposes the bill. Runic and Frozenbyte are two more developers against SOPA, with Runic going so far as to say the bill will do nothing to deter piracy, similar to GOG's statement.
These companies are just some of the opponents to SOPA. Major League Gaming, 38 Studios, Epic Games, Trion, Riot Games, Nival, and plenty more all oppose SOPA. If you live in the United States, voice your opposition as well by contacting your state representative.