Monday, January 2, 2012

EA, Nintendo, Sony reverse position on SOPA

Three of the biggest companies in the gaming industry, EA, Nintendo and Sony, have apparently silently rescinded their stance on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

All three companies were previously found on a list of supporters of SOPA on the U.S. House of Representatives website, but an updated version sees all three companies removed from the list.

Joystiq reached out to EA for comment on the news, and was told that EA ?never expressed a position for or against SOPA.? As of writing, neither Sony nor Nintendo have commented on their apparent change of heart.

It?s worth noting that while EA, Nintendo and Sony may have changed their stance on the SOPA bill, the Entertainment Software Association, which all three of the companies are under, is still listed as a SOPA supporter. In other words, the three companies technically still support the bill by virtue of their membership with the ESA.

The Business Software Association, and along with it Microsoft, backed out of supporting the SOPA bill back in November, but the ESA seems to be holding firm on their stance.

Source: U.S. House of Representatives (via Joystiq)


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