On January 18 (next Wednesday), Red 5 Studios is shutting down the beta of the upcoming Firefall in protest of SOPA, the internet censorship bill you have to be living under a rock to not have heard about. Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5, calls the bill “misguided” and says that it will hurt smaller game companies, who don’t have the legal resources to prevent unwarranted shutdowns.
By itself, that’s not huge news. Other sites, Reddit included, are taking protest “days off” because of the bill. But Red 5 is taking it one step farther. Kern has said that until ESA removes their support for the bill, Red 5 (and Firefall) will not be attending E3.
That’s pretty ballsy, considering E3 is pretty much the gaming event of the year.
In the meantime, if you’re missing your Firefall kick, check out the video below, the “cosplay outtakes” of Lee Reherman. It’s basically a giant blooper reel, and it’s pretty funny.