Electronic Arts & Nintendo of America support SOPA

#1 Posted by BrainSpecialist (554 posts) -

A list of companies supporting SOPA was recently released, and on the list were included Electronic Arts, Nintendo of America and the Entertainment Software Association. I'd wager a large number of other game publishers would be in favour of SOPA.

Would you guys boycott EA and Nintendo? What do you think of the entire debacle?

#2 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2685 posts) -

I've been boycotting Nintendo for 24 years, so sure, I'll keep doing so.

#3 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

What's SOPA? I mean, in Portuguese, Sopa means Soup, so it's weird to see everyone talking about it.

#4 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I'm against SOPA, but if EA releases a good game, I'm buying it.

#5 Posted by artgarcrunkle (970 posts) -

Every giant media company probably supports SOPA.

#6 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Yeah Im not really surprised that those big companies are in favour of it....

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I'll just leave this here...again.

#8 Posted by OtakuGamer (1228 posts) -

Not surprised, huge companies especially EA are jizzing over that bill.

#9 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7615 posts) -

Microsoft, Apple and Sony all support it as well.

Basically, any company who has a lot to lose to piracy is supporting it.

#10 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

@OtakuGamer said:

Not surprised, huge companies especially EA are jizzing over that bill.

Sadly so. I just wonder how many publishers secretly support this bill but are not coming out in fear of damaging their image. I won't be surprised to see the list of supporters grow.

#11 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

At least we have Google on our side.

#12 Posted by TonyP (3 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: perfect

#13 Posted by iAmJohn (6117 posts) -

Of course they are.

#14 Posted by Andorski (5268 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

Microsoft, Apple and Sony all support it as well.

Basically, any company who has a lot to lose to piracy is supporting it.

Reports on Microsoft's stance has wafted for the last month. Last I read though was that they "quietly oppose" SOPA. Interestingly enough, so does Activision.

As far as video game publishers go, my guess is that a company's ability to curb piracy by having DRM and/or giving consumers services is the deciding factor on whether they support the bill. Microsoft has XBL which probably acts as a decent incentive to not pirate 360 games. Activision embraced adding services to Call of Duty with Elite. Then there is Valve, which doesn't really need any explanation.

Conversely, Nintendo's online service is dead last compared to the other two console manufacturers. Wii games are also probably the easiest to pirate compared to the other two consoles (IIRC, you don't even have to do any hardware modifications; piracy is done strictly through software). Sony has a robust online service on the PS3 but has had issues with their console getting jailbroken. Then there is the PSP, a handheld that actually sold well in its lifespan but was hammered with piracy problems which made their software sales terrible.

I can't really explain EA though. With their $10 project for games like Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Autolog for Need For Speed, Battlelog for Battlefield 3, and Origin being required for their games , they seem like they are in a good position to prevent a lot of potential piracy. Still, they are listed as being supporters for it.

#15 Posted by Pierce (82 posts) -

I'll see you that, and raise you this.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Pierce:

And I raise you this.

#17 Posted by I_smell (3925 posts) -
#19 Posted by TentPole (1858 posts) -

I support it as well . . . I am so very lonely.

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