As hopefully you've heard, SOPA and PIPA are legislative bills that threaten the way we, as gamers and content producers, do things on a day-to-day basis. We are about to make a very bold statement as it comes to where we stand in regards to SOPA and PIPA and wanted everyone to be aware of it. We will not be attending E3 until the ESA drops its support of the SOPA and PIPA bills. The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) is widely considered to represent the gaming industry as a whole - they also are behind E3.
We're releasing this announcement together with several other friends of ours including ScrewAttack.com, MMOBomb.com, Red 5 Studios, the guys behind Extra Credits, Loading Ready Run and much more. We also have involvement from several developers and publishers at this point.
We are asking any gaming website and YouTube channel to boycott and not attend or cover E3 this year as well. We are also asking publishers and developers who have publicly said they do not support SOPA to also remove their financial support from E3.
Yes, it's a very big thing to ask but at the end of the day, we have to fight this thing right now otherwise we won't have websites and YouTube channels to post content at all. If ESA truly apposed this legislation the last thing they want to do is support an entity that spent $190,000 on PIPA lobbying.
The most important thing is that we, as gamers and content producers, must work together to accomplish this goal. Are you a video game developer, publisher or gaming website that wants to be involved with this movement? Email StandTogetherSOPA@gmail.com
Also ask your favorite gaming websites and YouTube channel to join the cause by not attending and covering E3 this year until the ESA changes their stance on SOPA, and PIPA, please sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-esa-petition-and-boycott-e3 and share this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp8S8eJkMW8.
Are you a video game developer, publisher or gaming website that wants to be involved with this movement? Email StandTogetherSOPA@gmail.com