Capcom: We Have No Position on SOPA

Capcom's Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson took to the the Capcom Unity forums to say that his company has no official position on SOPA and blames "bad journalism" for the stories that were published yesterday.

He complains about the rampant reporting of a six word email and calls it bad journalism. Of course those six words were from a Capcom representative who said something along the lines of "we support SOPA." How that's bad reporting I don't know. Capcom now takes a non-stance similar to other publishers who are using the ESA to take fire for a bill that everyone knows is a hot mess. Here's the complete statement Svensson made on Unity:

"Guys, a few points:

1. We are members of the ESA (along side pretty much every other major publisher in our industry).

2. We've only ever stated that the ESA represents us in legislative matters (again, like every other publisher). We have not stated any stance on our support (or not) for SOPA. Inferring more than that is bad journalism (which seems to be rampant based upon the rereporting of a six word response to inquiry).

3. Months ago I've commented that streaming folks/video uploading have absolutely nothing to worry about. We've always been very accommodating to our supporters (and as this thread would demonstrate, even our detractors) and I don't ever see that changing.

The ESA is working with representatives to improve solutions to what is a real problem…"

At this point he points to the ESA's statement released earlier the the week. He wraps it up by saying:

"At Capcom, we're game makers, not legislators. We do not have an internal stance on this particular issue and are not planning to. We'll get back to making games. Thanks."

Source: Capcom Unity. Thanks to Andrew Eisen and Uncharted NES for motivating me to put this up sooner than later!

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Don't forget canceling games customers make it clear they want to pay money for, and pulling a Fox by canceling the next great in a series people want

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    paketep says:

    Wow. Such cowardice there, Capcom. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Even if you didn't support SOPA via the ESA, your past attitude in favor of unacceptable DRM and terrible customer support show what you think.

    You know what?. I have not position on buying Capcom games, so I just won't. And I'll make sure my friends don't either.

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    DanHoyt says:

    I've wanted to use the phrase "hot mess" in an article for a while now, but have been saving it for the right situation. Kudos GP for successfully using "hot mess" to accurately describe this entire debacle.

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    Papa Midnight says:

    Ever heard of a non-apology apology? This is basically the same principle, but in the form of an answer instead. Here's the deal: when you are a member of an agency which claims it represents your interest, when they support something, you support it too. Coming out like EPIC and saying that you don't is just a PR move with no substance as you now have the left hand not communicating with the right hand. When you associate with an interest group, you adopt their ideals and principles. It is that simple. If you want to have no position and have people believe that you do, you must depart from that interest group. If you do not support it, but the interest group you do does, then guess what you've got to do if you want people to believe that you truthfully do not support it?

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    Technogeek says:

    So basically, the Capcom "ESA represents us on this" quote boils down to a company spokesman not knowing what the heck he was talking about. Was kind of expecting that from the beginning, given the non-specificity of the quote

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    Michael Chandra says:

    How cute that they hide both behind the ESA and saying SOPA is not a concern for people dealing with Capcom material. That's not the point. The point is how companies will act against people dealing with other material.

    Oh, and if you say you won't use the tools SOPA provides you with, you might want to actually have the guts to acknowledge that those tools can in fact be (ab)used against streamers. Right now, with 'no internal stance', they're simply lazily supporting SOPA in a time where everyone should state their clear allegiance.

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