MLG Moves One-Hundred Domains From GoDaddy to Namecheap

Professional game players organization Major League Gaming clearly is against the Stop Online Piracy Act and has made a move to show its disdain for the bill by removing one hundred domains from GoDaddy's care. The company announced yesterday that it will not align itself with companies that support the House anti-piracy bill.

"MLG would like to officially announce that we have removed our entire network, which encompasses over 100 domains, from in response to their support of SOPA," a statement on the company's site read. "Moving forward, we will be using Namecheap for all of our hosting needs."

"MLG is firmly against both the specifics of SOPA and the philosophy behind the bill," the statement continued. "We urge all of you to read up on the issue and draw your own conclusions."

Domain name provider Namecheacp is one of several companies that came out strongly against the bill. The company has been rewarded with lots of defections from GoDaddy. GoDaddy has since changed its position on SOPA, but has had a hard time convincing its customers and the public that the change in heart is a sincere one.

You can read the actual bill by visiting The Library of Congress web site.

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    Left4Dead says:

    Seems more like a move by their marketing/PR department than an honest decision.

    I envision the MLG IT department notified everyone in the company that they would be switching their domains over from GoDaddy to NameCheap to save the company money and that there might be some downtime of various websites during the transition.  A perfectly normal activity for IT to do.  Then the marketing department hears that GoDaddy supports SOPA and they know that being anti-SOPA wins gamers over.  They put two and two together and then create a press release because it is timely and publish it.  Bam!  Free PR.

    Fortunately, as intelligent gamers, we see through this facade and refuse to have the wool pulled over our eyes.  To truly send a message would be to also include information that they would be contacting all of the companies they work with that have a pro-SOPA stance and making sure they know that SOPA is wrong.

    While we're on the topic of SOPA, I'm curious why DMCA isn't brought up too in Congress.  I mean, that's pretty much still a disaster.  As is the ridiculous length of time on copyrighted works, from which all of this mess spawned in the first place. Get rid of the 70 year copyright issue and the rest of the problems will just go away.  "Innovate or die" should be the message Congress sends.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    To do what you ask of them is to completely close up shop. If their whole business revolves around ESA member companies, and you want them to distance themselves from anyone who supports SOPA directly or indirectly, they have no business then.

    Granted, I think they may have some pull when it comes to EA and a few other companies that they partner with, so maybe they could do something to change those companies' minds.

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    Papa Midnight says:

    "The company announced yesterday that it will not align itself with companies that support the House anti-piracy bill."

    Technically, doesn't this flat out destroy MLG's primary business model which is console gamers – or more specifically, Xbox 360 gamers on Halo, Gears of War, (Microsoft Console, sort-of-Microsoft game, Microsoft game)? Not to mention the advertisements for EA products all over their website; nor GameBattles and their association with Nintendo and Sony (SOE and SCEA), nor their own partnerships with Microsoft and Sony; and that all is what you just see the moment you connect and load up the home page. We all know Sony is supporting SOPA… and Microsoft? Haha. Either way, all above contendees are members of the ESA who is flatly supporting SOPA with open arms. Like Epic's mention earlier, this is practically an empty gesture as far as I'm concerned that might as well be bandwagon riding (and might even have been a money saver all things considered). Now I know this is entirely unrealistic but if you're going to make the gesture, go big or go home.

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