Firefall Maker Plans SOPA Blackout Protest Jan. 18

Red 5 Studios, makers of the upcoming MMO shooter Firefall, have come out strongly against SOPA and PIPA, and plan to go dark for one day on January 18 to protest. The company also announced that, because of the Entertainment Software Association’s support for the bills, it has canceled its E3 booth and plans to skip the show. The shutdown will include all of its websites, its community sites for the game, and the Firefall beta.

In case you didn't know, Firefall is a free-to-play MMO shooter playable in first- and third-person. The game promises Player Versus Environment (PvE) and Player Versus Player (PvP) gameplay in a sci-fi setting.

Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern said that SOPA has the potential to do great harm to the indie game development community.

"Most of all, [SOPA] hurts the smaller game companies, who will not have the legal resources or lobbying presence to protect themselves from unwarranted shutdown," he said in an email to ShackNews. "This bill, and its sister bill, Protect IP, will shut down live streaming, shout casting, user generated content and have a chilling effect on game innovation and social media."

Red 5 Studios is not an ESA member, and it never will be according to the company's leadership.

Kern closed by saying that his studio is "ashamed of the ESA for supporting a bill which is clearly not in the best interests of gamers or the game industry."

"We issue a call to all our industry peers, including developers, publishers and game press, to join us in letting the ESA know they do not represent our views on this issue, and strongly oppose SOPA and PIPA," added Kern.

Source: The Escapist via Andrew Eisen. Image credit: firefallthegame.com

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