The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has just announced that it no longer supports the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA) which makes today a very exciting day.

Here is the ESA’s full statement:

“From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites. Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry’s creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals. Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution.”

Source: ScrewAttack


  1. Delondial its not really coporations, its Hollywood that is putting the most into it. Media and movie industry is whats pouring stuff into this. IF you look major corporations are really only putting in less then 10%, while they compose almost 80% of the opposition funding. So don’t go throwing it on corporations, look who the real issue.

    That said, it is now the 23 and no withdraw or official change in plans too vote on the bill..Looks like it is going to go down. However due too the sheer number of politicians coming out of the woodwork too get that extra vote for their next election I doubt it will pass unless one of major big wigs calls them out.

  2. There are many scary bills that will likely never go away. It is really up to citizens to be somewhat politically alert (No, watching Fox doesn’t count).

    That being said, it falls on the industry to overcome the adversities and think outside the box. In gamer terms; government gave into the corporation’s qq and nerfed difficulty, now corporations know if they qq hard enough, uncle Ben will swing his nerf bat.

  3. While this helps the cause, I feel its the “drop of support” is more too think it has gone away, SOPA is still on record and no official withdraw of hold of the vote is on record. Both are still listed as actively pending bills, with set dates that have yet to change.

  4. i just hope that the end of the world comes before that reinstate SOPA haha cuz life without a completely free internet is pretty much the same as “the end of the world” for me D:

  5. The thing that really got me mad about SOPA was that the US thinks they can own the internet. Also this goes against their own amendment.The right to freedom of speech and expression one.

    • That’s the result of living in a society that is more concerned with the color of their ipod than civil liberties. We all hear some BS like SOPA/PIPA, or the patriot act and National Defense Authorization Act. and then shallowly claim “they cant do that this is America!” and low and behold. This is not the last we’ve heard from SOPA/PIPA it will be chopped down and reinstated when the public is not paying attention just like every other piece of legislation designed to remove more and more of our civil liberties. Our society is so dumb down and unwilling to to stand on their own two feet to save this country, fortunately I’ll be long gone before before s*** really hits the fan. 🙂

  6. I have yet to read all of the comments posted, tho yes I think and feel the ESA is only going to withdraw for now untill they make all of their money off of this hoaxed pull out, then as soon as SOPA/PIPA come back they will stand by it’s side once more and have the money to pay people off this time around.

    Well let’s just hope that SOPA/PIPA will die out for good, tho knowing how things seem to go… it’s only going to last a few months before they vote it under the table and then we lose sites like MMObomb and youtube.

  7. Sounds like they’re just doing what Go Daddy did to avoid losing business. When will they realize people are no longer willing to pay for things that don’t exist physically and or ultimately useless luxury items that no one actually needs?

  8. I dream on a gaming industry that is free, no one has to pay a cent for it, and it all depends on the player’s skills, but no, they want to prevent piracy, now I ask, why? Prevent piracy is actually impossible at this point, if they want us to pay for their games, why don’t they make games as awesome as Battlefield series, because I’ve never saw a Battlefield Bad Company 2 or Battlefield 3 game being pirated, and if it is, you can’t play online, because those games, if a pirate decides to crack it’s multiplayer, then it would go against all I believe for, piracy exists to establish a limit to the games that need to be F2P and the games that don’t, paying $50 for a game like Battlefield 3 is good because of it’s multiplayer, but paying for a game that we can’t even play online and that is short and badly done, come on, then I am against SOPA.

    • I would never pay for BF3 BECAUSE of its multiplayer. That’s its only strong point. If I want multiplayer I’ll just play an MMO. Not to mention how many games as of late just shove the multiplayer down your throat, like Starcraft 2, HOMM6 etc. I won’t pay for games like that.
      However I’ll always buy a BioWare or CdProject game because those are finished, long and masterfully done games with brilliant storytelling and immersion.
      This is where the problem comes. You won’t pay for a game that doesn’t have online, I won’t pay for a game that does. Yet at the same time we’re both keeping the gaming industry alive, you with your genres, me with mine. So where is the problem, you may ask. The problem happens with games that neither of us will pay for because they’re shit. Those are the game that are most bothered by piracy because we’ll try them, realize they’re shit and won’t buy or play them anymore. This is not like the old days when you had to buy a game and then pray it’s not shit, if it turns out it is, well you still bought the game and supported it so the companies ware happy.
      Now there’s no more of that, we have the ability to test them before we buy them (and not in shitty little demos that only show the games strong points) and most of the time we don’t buy them because we don’t like them and won’t play them. No more cats in bags. Now companies need to make good games in order to make profit (they still do actually, even with shit game, check the figures) but they don’t want to, that would require work and competence. So they went for a next best thing, they moved to consoles where they can still sell cats in bags while at the same time they don’t have to work half as much due to how easy it is to make a game just for a console. So that is how “piracy” tried to kill “pc gaming”. With SOPA they’d have the good old days back when they could sell anything with the right name on the cover.

  9. I have mixed emotions on this one. For one I am VERY happy that the ESA withdrew their support but on the same token I fear it may have been done due to a combination of pressure and a threatened Presidential Veto. We will still have to watch this VERY closely as these issues are not “Dead” but postponed (probably until the next Congress is elected according to some reports). I worry that ESA support has been withdrawn in the wake of this current defeat and will again be supported in future incarnations by the ESA. Keep your voices being heard!

    • It’s all for the name of profits, ESA thought that they would make more with SOPA/PIPA on board as it would practically “destroy piracy” (note: the quotes). But due to the hate from the gaming(consumers) community for supporting SOPA/PIPA, they decided to withraw support as it would mean no longer making money from the consumers.

  10. I hate turncoats. If you take a stand then take a stand. Don’t pull support after it failed and then pretend you “got wise”. I didn’t agree with their choice when they supported SOPA but at least I had respect for their choice, now I have nothing but disgust.

    “We wanted to f*** you over, but that didn’t work out so now we love you once more.”


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