ESA Members And SOPA: Where They Stand

EDIT: With the withdrawal of both SOPA and PIPA in the last few days, and the collapse of support for the bills within the US Houses, the entertainment industries’ attempt to control the internet is thwarted for the while. It is at this point that the ESA have chosen to declare they no longer support the bills that aren’t really there to support any more. I’m leaving this list up mostly to show you who couldn’t be bothered to get back to us with a comment.

Joystiq have collaborated in compiling these responses

Here’s a guide to ESA members and their current positions on the Stop Online Piracy Act. RPS has called for all members to publicly denounce the dangerous and censorious bill. If we know a company’s position, we’ll state it below. If we’re waiting to hear back from them, you’ll see just “Contacted”.

Here goes:

38 Studios

Against. Rather quietly in a comment on Facebook, they have expressed they are not in favour of the current version of the Bill.

345 Games

Contacted. However, they are owned by Viacom, who have publicly supported the Act.

505 Games

Contacted.

Capcom USA, Inc.

Undeclared. According to Digital Trends, Capcom told them that they support SOPA. However, since then Capcom have issued a statement explaining the rather woolly position that the ESA represents them, but they don’t have a position themselves. I’m pretty sure that’s meant to work the other way around. They also get very pissy that people interpreted their saying that the ESA represents them as meaning they agree with the ESA stance, calling it “bad journalism”. Think they might want to turn that pissy attitude inward there, and think a bit more carefully. And have the balls to say what they think as a company. Because statements like this:

“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.”

are “bad games publishing”.

Deep Silver

Contacted.

Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.

Contacted. However, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc. is listed in favour of the bill, as is their television arm, ABC.

Eidos Interactive

See Square Enix

Electronic Arts

Undeclared. Currently they are not actively supporting the bill, but after a few websites got themselves a bit confused over this, it’s not clear if they’ve specifically come out against it.

We’ve also received a tip from theorigin.de that tells us EA have said,

“there is no political comment on the part of EA (neither one way or the other).”

So yet another company not willing to take a stand, either way.

Epic Games, Inc.

Against. They posted on their forum on the 4th Jan to make it clear they do not support the Act in its current form.

Her Interactive, Inc.

Contacted.

Ignition Entertainment

Contacted.

Konami Digital Entertainment

Contacted.

LEVEL-5 Inc.

Contacted.

Microsoft Corporation

Against. The Seattle Times reported on the 18th Jan that Microsoft have stated they are against SOPA.

“We oppose the passage of the SOPA bill as currently drafted. We think the White House statement points in a constructive way to problems with the current legislation, the need to fix them, and the opportunity for people on all sides to talk together about a better path forward.”

Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

Contacted.

Natsume Inc.

Contacted.

Nexon America, Inc.

Undeclared. Nexon got back to us to say, “At this point, we are not taking a public position this issue.”

Nintendo of America Inc.

Extremely difficult to contact. Caught up in the same confusion as EA, Sony, et al, they never did support the bill, but aren’t listed as currently supporting.

Nival

Against. Nival have gotten back to us with a statement explaining that they do not support the SOPA, and saying they’ve contacted the ESA to inform them too.

“Nival does not support SOPA, despite a deep understanding of the struggle against piracy in the games industry. Unfortunately, SOPA could do more harm to Internet freedom than good to fight piracy. We recognize the issues our partners in the online press have with this legislation. We will continue to be anti-piracy but are also anti-SOPA.”

NVIDIA

Against. “NVIDIA wasn’t consulted by ESA in formulating their position on SOPA. Our position is this: we oppose piracy, as it hurts our game-developer partners. However, we do not support SOPA. We don’t believe it is the right solution to the problem. We remain committed to working to address this problem in a constructive and fair manner.”

O-Games, Inc.

Contacted.

Perfect World Entertainment

Contacted.

SEGA of America, Inc.

Contacted.

Slang

Contacted.

Sony Computer Entertainment America

See Sony Online Entertainment, Inc.

Sony Online Entertainment, Inc.

Contacted. Sony are in an odd position, where Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony Music Nashville are all listed as in support of the bill, while SOE and SCAE are not.

Square Enix, Inc.

Contacted.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Contacted. Possibly against. We’ve had an insider at 2K tip us off that Take-Two’s VP, Alan Lewis, could be against SOPA. Nothing concrete though.

Tecmo Koei America Corporation

Contacted.

THQ, Inc.

Undeclared. THQ got in touch to say they “don’t have an individual statement on this”, but encourage us to pursue a statement from the ESA. We are, of course.

Trion Worlds, Inc.

Against. Scott Hartsmann posted to the Trion forums saying,

“Hi, folks – Extremely quick reply since I’m out on vacation: We definitely do not support SOPA.

We’ll be calling the ESA about this after the holiday weekend.”

Thanks Ten Ton Hammer.

Ubisoft Entertainment, Inc.

Contacted.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.

In the process of contacting. Although it’s worth noting that Warner Music Group and Warner Music Nashville are listed supporting the bill, and that overall owners, Time Warner, are one of the big funders here.

XSEED Games

Contacted.