League of Legends dev opposes SOPA

Riot Games states that it stands against present form of controversial legislation; studio lawyer fields questions on Reddit.

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Last week, Gears of War and Unreal Engine studio Epic Games stated it did not support the Stop Online Piracy Act, a legislative measure that has caused much controversy as of late. Today, League of Legends developer Riot Games joined the ranks of dissenters, indicating it is also against SOPA, as well as the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

SOPA has Riot Games seeing red.

"We're not usually inclined to comment on politics. We're a game company, and making games is just a whole lot more fun," said Brandon Beck, cofounder and CEO of Riot Games. "But there is legislation under consideration today by the United States Congress that gives us serious concern."

"Riot Games is opposed to SOPA/PIPA in their present form. While we do support efforts to prevent online piracy, the current form of this legislation comes at far too high a cost for us, our players, and online communities across the Internet," Beck said.

In a more League of Legends-centric post on the game's official forums, Riot Games explained how League of Legends players specifically will be affected, should SOPA become law. According to Riot Games' reasoning, if gamers play copyrighted music on their game stream, the entire stream is at risk of being shut down.

Further, Riot Games states that SOPA would threaten independent content creation sites that League of Legends gamers visit and use like YouTube, Reddit, DeviantArt, Own3d, and Twitch. Additionally, Riot Games claims that if SOPA passes, aspects of League of Legends, like official forums and in-game chat, run the risk of either being entirely shut down or having their features reduced.

Riot Games went another step further to explain the situation to gamers. The studio's legal counsel Logan Margulies has opened an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit and is presently fielding questions related to Riot Games' stance on SOPA and PIPA.

Not all gaming entities are against SOPA. The Entertainment Software Association--the game industry's representative body--has pledged its support for SOPA. According to the ESA, the game industry requires effective protection against the illegal acquisition of games and those who facilitate it.

Companies that support the bill--including the National Football League and GameSpot parent company CBS--argue that it offers necessary protection to content creators. Opponents of the bill, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argue that SOPA infringes upon First Amendment rights and will ultimately deprive the Internet of non-infringing content.

Discussion

77 comments
davuvniker
davuvniker

hi gamers, I haven't seen anywhere gamespot's stand on SOPA, but i've seen some gaming comunity journalists that won't attend to E3 due to ESA's por-SOPA stand, we should ask gamespot to do this too, this anti-piracy law its far from being for "costumer's benefit" If any of you know how to get gamespot's attention then you should act now. Sorry for misspelling, English It's not my native language.

Hudathan
Hudathan

@Jaxith My original post referred to the industry giants who are lobbying for this bill such as the big entertainment publishers who stand to benefit most from this type of control. I'm all for developers such as Riot who promote a healthy internet community based on their creations.

-Hiki-
-Hiki-

"Today, League of Legends developer Riot Games joined the ranks of dissenters" You mean rank of heroes.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@Outer_Raven so? so they dont have to worry about pirates, so.... of course they will support it and make us happy gain some face while they could not care less about SOPA

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

@comb5 LOL! I was being very sarcastic. Some people on this forum have poor reading skills. Maybe these people would finally see my sarcasm if I added in, "Ana1 and vag!na1 cavity searches for everyone at every train station, airport, and street intersection. Homes searches at least once per week for each occupant by the new government agency, Home Security Bureau."

holtrocks
holtrocks

hahahahaha it because there best game League of Legends is free.

supertom221
supertom221

Riot Games just made me want to play their game. :) Screw ESA-- Scumbags who think they can just hog the game industry for themselves and represent it-- They know nothing of Gamers, Developers, GAMES or creativity. Old business snakes that care for nothing but their own fortune-- You're still gonna die of cancer or loss of breath, old coots. For the Legal Councel of Riot games to open an AMA thraed on Reddit, now that wasn't expected, but very welcome too. CBS are money-grabbers too, i'm not suprised at their support. Naturally, GameSpot is forced to oblidge, But i'm sure the editors are still fighting against it. This bill helps no one. Piracy is too large scale and powerful to be stopped-- Not everywhere is america. And used games damage the industry more than piracy anyway. As for songs--- They are SONGS. 3-4 minutes long beats and vocals. Finding them is easy as anything. Buying them on iTunes means you want to SUPPORT the singer/band, NOT the company.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@tachsniper Well, you could have at least typed it in a way that's easier to understand, then.

valuum
valuum

The bill isn't going to do anything to piracy. There are already Firefox plugins that allow you to access sites that have been blacklisted by the US gov. If this bill is passed, expect to be able to access your normal torrent/streaming/porn sites like normal in a matter of days. I'm pretty sure you can circumvent this by entering the IP for the site in address bar as well. SOPA is useful only in compromising the privacy of internet users, and screwing with internet-based economy. I wouldn't be surprised if companies started moving the domains for their sites to foreign servers in response (most domain registrars are US based). The government having such control and access to the traffic coming in and out of your company is desirable to very few people. [quote]Once everyone strictly obeys every single law by any means necessary, our lives will improve dramatically. Like the Google CEO said, unless you're doing something wrong, then you shouldn't worry about 24/7 surveillance.[/quote] Your ideal only works when policy doesn't infringe on human freedom. SOPA does just that.

comb5
comb5

@Utahraptor_ I think your sarcasm was lost on most of the people in this forum. haha.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

They say that S.O.P.A.'s a bill to fight pyracy, but in fact all they want to do is control the flow of information on the internet, so they can censor anything they want. I mean, even a monkey can see that... We all know online piracy isn't something that can be stopped, they're just using it as an excuse to try to limit our freedom without us noticing. And to that, I say go **** yourselves, you bunch of greedy, corrupt ***lickers. P.S: Sopa means "soup" in portuguese.

Cornholio_tp
Cornholio_tp

Video game companies are pretty much switching to steam in order to help fight online piracy. It'll slow piracy down but SOPA is just plain crazy.

strayfies
strayfies

Pretty much everybody should oppose SOPA, this act would be more harmful than the current piracy of copyright material. No surprise at all that some sports conglomerate is at the head of this. They did away with DVRs that could detect and remove commercials. Screw the NFL and screw the politicians in their idiot pockets.

X-7
X-7

I love how dumb the ESA is. NO ONE LIKES YOU AND THEY ALL DISAGREE WITH YOU!!! Plus, the NFL and CBS are worthless too for supporting something like this. Should they release something to protect against copy right infringement... yes, but should it effectively limit any and all creativity too? F no! I am a guitarist and this could affect both my games and my art. So for all those who support this crap go **** yourselves.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I was impressed with what Riot's lawyer said on the Reddit forums. He provided some good examples of how this could affect not just their community but the internet in general. The best way you can get people behind a cause is to let them know how it will affect them. Maybe a bit selfish, but it's effective.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@toddx77 That did indeed strike me in particular, and most tellingly, while CBS has come out in favor of SOPA, GameSpot's editorial team has published quite a few articles that are vehemently against it, despite GameSpot being a CBS subsidiary. Of particular note - not ONE person on the Board of Management at CBS Corp. is under 60.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Respect for Riot Games actually stating their opinion on the agreement. It's easy to say yes or no, but they've actually provided a solid statement. Bravo!

servb0ts
servb0ts

@Fergood. some people like watching others people play games for 2 reasons. .1: They're Handicap, and can only watch games they enjoy like movies. 2. People are on the fence about a certain game, and instead of buying new or used and getting hassled by returning game to store they wouldhave a for sure answer by watching it on youtube and streams. Even some games on PSN and Minis and Live don't have a preview andthey just don't want to blow money on something they would never play.

Fergood
Fergood

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franxrom1
franxrom1

SOPA = Inquisition! Welcome to medieval age.

Ciuboss
Ciuboss

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VikingPhobos
VikingPhobos

Mad respect for Riot. Try out their game, it's completely free. Really good if you like DoTA or interested on what it is.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@tachsniper Oh, you may be right, I'm not sure. The ESA is, for several reasons, a weird entity. I guess that would be something I should look up...

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

I think SOPA is a great idea. We also need more highway patrol officers, more speed limits, more traffic cameras, more checkpoints on our roads with more security personnel and search dogs, more neighborhood patrols, more speed bumps, more radiation scanners, more courts to handle traffic disputes, wireless ID systems on our vehicles and wireless ID devices permanently injected INSIDE our bodies right after we are born . . . TSA searching everywhere for everyone and everything. Once everyone strictly obeys every single law by any means necessary, our lives will improve dramatically. Like the Google CEO said, unless you're doing something wrong, then you shouldn't worry about 24/7 surveillance.

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

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Hakkology
Hakkology

Dear Gamespot readers, now i think we all have a common enemy. We can't let this thing go alive! Raise your voice, inform people !

tachsniper
tachsniper

@parrot_of_adun I was under the impression the ESA works the same way the RIAA and MPAA work, so my comparison while crude to me still holds water, ESA is the voice in Washington.

Sahle123
Sahle123

What's the opposite of the internet? ---> S.O.P.A

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@tachsniper That's actually not how it works, as the ESA is not a parent corporation to it's members, it's merely a trade association. Epic, Nival, Microsoft, 38 Studios and Trion are all officially against SOPA , and are ESA members. Quite a few ESA members don't agree with the them on many issues (which begs the question, why be a part of it?).

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@the_requiem Well that's my point, it's not about loss of intellectual ownership or anything, it's just about some big corporation's bottom line (despite a lack of evidence that piracy seriously effects it). But even so, this seems to be across the spectrum. Indie devs rarely have the luxury of a guaranteed check, and yet all those I've heard from don't support it.

TheKindlyOne
TheKindlyOne

Supporters of the bill include "GameSpot parent company CBS". So what's GameSpot's view on this issue?

another_drew
another_drew

Ya lets make laws that give the American people even more restrictions. Funny how they don't a flying eff about how all these companies are jacking up internet prices and reducing access all at the same time. Thanks for nothing Congress, you crusty ar$e d-bags.

dkdk999
dkdk999

kill sopa with fire.

IamTheBesteva
IamTheBesteva

how about a bill that prevents idiots from making dumb bills? did you get that ?

Krovet
Krovet

I've enjoyed League of Legends back in the day, I also bought a few characters and gave Riot games my hard earned money, In retrospect I'm still glad I did, good on you Riot Games. SOPA is not the way to stop Internet piracy, it does more harm than good by far IMO.

cheamo
cheamo

I've never played their games, but I'm glad to hear they are against this terrible bill.

the_requiem
the_requiem

One more thing. As someone already pointed it, it isn't govt. pushing this bill. No matter which party is in power, lobbyists will bankroll them to get the bill passed. One common principle that every politician follows is... follow the money.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@parrot_of_adun: Not supporting SOPA here, but one reason for that could be that content creators make their money when a distributor/publisher picks it up. The ones who lose money from piracy aren't creators but distributors and publishers.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

It's rather telling that content CREATERS all tend to oppose SOPA. It's the content that want it...

Evenios
Evenios

Good i agree too! as i said before this is just a way for congress to police the internet.. no thanks.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

@Alastor120 I sure hope you're not serious...

Ciuboss
Ciuboss

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xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

I think that every company should manage their own way to prevent piracy, not the goverment. Me, Im pretty much done playing LOL for now, its full of trolls.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

League of Legends is by far the funnest RTS game I've played. P.S. Sorry for the off-topic comment, I just had to say that. :P

tachsniper
tachsniper

@gamerboy100 and read the last sentence of my post before you go off half cocked.

KnocturnalGS
KnocturnalGS

Associations such as the NFL probably support SOPA due to rights on NFL game sales, less piracy = more money. As toddx77 said, NFL is run by old schoolers, and from my experience the older you are, the less you know about the internet "generally speaking" (Oh, this banner says I won a Ferrari, all I got to do is click it! Click... -spyware/malware.) There will always be music/movie piracy, whether we do it over the internet or burning a copy (would significantly reduce piracy...), or there's always been underground programs of which have allowed users to share just about everything, and it staying under the radar (not like napster/winmx/kazaa). As for video games, I believe there are ways to prevent/minimize piracy, such as (controversial, though effective) require internet to play, hence, passing through authentication servers that grant access to the game. Example, MMO's. Only way around it is buggy/laggy private servers, that also practically encourage hacking... My opinion on that, if you got a modern age PC, means you got internet. Those that have come to complain on forums about internet connection required for a game, cry me a river... If the individual finds it worthy of his time to post something most don't care about, he's got an internet connection, so what's to complain about. Ok I'm going off-track... I understand the reasons behind these acts, however, these acts seem to do harm just as much as do good...

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@tachsniper They are NOT members of the ESA! Check your facts!