Game Makers May Not Support SOPA, but Their Trade Group Sure Does

Game Makers May Not Support SOPA, but Their Trade Group Sure Does

The Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that could have the power to rob you of your favorite YouTube material, isn’t too popular with folks on the Internet. In fact, it’s so despised Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Computer Entertainment America pulled their names from the list of supporters so they wouldn’t face a backlash akin to the one GoDaddy suffered. But all three of those companies, along with other major names in the business, are still members of the Entertainment Software Association, the name of which remains on the list of SOPA supporters.

The ESA issued a strongly-worded statement in which it defended its stance on the bill earlier this week. “Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective,” the statement reads.

“We are mindful of concerns raised about a negative impact on innovation. We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation.”

It sounds an awful lot like the ESA is perfectly happy to let the bill pass in order to become law even though it sees problems with it in hopes that it may be amended. Apparently those folks don’t know just how difficult that process would be. Either that or, you know, they don’t care.

Oh, and just for fun, here’s the full list of ESA members:

38 Studios
345 Games
505 Games
Capcom USA, Inc.
Deep Silver
Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.
Eidos Interactive
Electronic Arts
Epic Games
Her Interactive, Inc.
Ignition Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment
LEVEL-5, Inc.
Namco-Bandai Games America
Natsume, Inc.
Nexon America, Inc.
Nintendo of America
O-Games, Inc.
Perfect World Entertainment
SEGA of America, Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Online Entertainment, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software
Tecmo Koei America Corporation
THQ, Inc
Trion Worlds, Inc
Ubisoft Entertainment, Inc
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment