Epic: “We do not support the current version of SOPA.”
- January 4th, 2012
- By MogKnight
While we all can point fingers and claim BS on who is supporting SOPA, who is against SOPA and who is against SOPA but still within the ESA, Epic has made it clear about what their intentions are and stated that the ESA is working with legislators to refine the bill as to not infringe on freedom of speech rights.
Some people have asked how Epic feels about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This post is meant to provide answers.
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.
We are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade organization that is working with legislators to refine the bill.
Senior PR Manager
Epic Games, Inc.
It’s easy to see why a company would want to support a bill like SOPA that intends on stopping piracy. At the same time, piracy bills like this tends to hurt the customers and supporters. If a tool was to be used to fight piracy, it would need to be a tool that will not hurt us. Though, if DRM wasn’t a pain in the ass to deal with and companies were to give incentives to not want to pirate the game (such as online play), why don’t they just further go down that route instead?[Source: Epic Games Community Forums]