Epic Games Doesn’t Support SOPA
Epic Games, the well-respected developer company of big titles like the Unreal Tournament games and Gears of War series, has stated that it does not support the current version of the Stop Online Piracy Act.
In a statement on their official forums, the company said the following:
“Epic Games supports efforts that would stop overseas websites profiting from pirating our games, but we have to do that in a way that’s compatible with freedom of speech and due process of law. Thus, we do not support the current version of SOPA.”
However, Epic Games, like many game publishers and development studios around the world, is part of the Entertainment Software Association, which shows support for SOPA.
The objective of the Stop Online Piracy Act is to allow creators of contents to immediately and effectively shut down websites that contain their respective copyright material.
Various other renowned companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony have shown dislike for SOPA, though none have them have come with a verbal and expressive statement like Epic.
Piracy is a serious issue in the gaming industry, but any 21st century person would agree to the fact that rights of speech and expression cannot be forcedly taken from others, even if it is through the internet.
Kudos to Epic Games for revealing their views and speaking for what is right.