ESA Stands By SOPA

Take a look at this list. We love the companies on this list because, for the most part, they make great games. The problem is that they are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and by proxy they support SOPA. And, according to the statement issued to Joystiq today, the ESA is not backing down from that support.

In a statement emailed to Joystiq, the trade group said the following:

"As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection, and do not believe the two are mutually exclusive. Rogue websites – those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy – restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services, thereby costing jobs. Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective. 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."

Gamers who stood by the ESA and the game industry during Brown v. EMA deserve better than this from these companies and these companies have a responsibility to let their customers know where they stand on this important issue. Our freedom on the Internet is more important than the sudden urgent need to fight piracy because there are better ways to do it than SOPA and Protect IP.

People in the great state of Minnesota also need to tell Senator Al Franken that he is on the wrong side of this issue – a position that flies in the face of all the work he did on net neutrality, Internet privacy and his opposition to the AT&T merger.

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