Minecraft to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA, PIPA

January 13, 2012 -

Earlier today Red 5 Studios announced that all services and websites related to its MMO Firefall would go dark on January 18, joining Reddit in its very public protest against SOPA and PIPA. Mojang studio head Markus Persson said that they will join in on that protest as well.

He announced via Twitter that Minecraft.net and Mojang.com will be taken offline on January 18 in protest of the anti-piracy bills being pushed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Persson did not say how long the blackout would last.

Mojang joins Epic Games, Runic Games, Riot Games, Red 5 Studios, Good Old Games, and other companies that have publicly expressed disdain for the bills.

These protests will give users a taste of what it might be like if SOPA and PIPA were to become law. On a side note, I appreciate GameSpot's honesty in disclosing that its parent company, CBS, supports SOPA and that they are still writing stories about it.

Source: GameSpot. Image Credit: Minecraft.net.


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Re: Minecraft to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA, PIPA

I hope this nets a lot of attention, seeing how Minecraft is practically Sim Everything.

It's tempting to pirate the game for that day since Notch gave his blessing and all, but I don't think I will.  I'd rather sacrifice a day of entertainment to ensure that I get years of entertainment afterwards.

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