Gears of War developer Epic Games, also a member of the Entertainment Software Association, stepped up last night to declare their position against the infamous SOPA.
In a public letter posted on the company forums, PR Manager Dana Cowley wrote: “We do not support the current version of SOPA,” clarifying, “We are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade organization that is working with legislators to refine the bill.”
“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,” she added.
It’s worthy to note that Epic Games is the first member of the ESA to identify themselves as against SOPA. Even though Nintendo, EA, and Sony Computer Entertainment America have quietly left the battlefield, it seems that doesn’t mean they’re protected from the firing squad; though not speaking openly for SOPA they are still members of the ESA, inclusion in which means that the association represents any and all companies that are connected to it. Earlier this week, Digital Trends posted a story in which an unidentified spokeswoman for Capcom addressed the SOPA issue, stating, “The ESA represents us on these matters.” This could mean one of two things: that the ESA itself has the final say or that Capcom is gung-ho about backing up SOPA.
Are you unhappy at the prospect of this bill passing? Let these companies and the ESA know how you feel — every little voice counts.