Gaming Community Joins SOPA Protests With Jan. 18 Blackouts

More and more game developers are joining the call to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. The latest to join the march is Red 5 Studios, the developer behind Firefall.

Large chunks of the Internet community are planning a day of protest on Jan. 18, including the Cheezburger network of websites and Reddit. As Massively reports, Red 5 joined the list of game developers against the bill (which includes Riot Games and Epic Games) when it announced today it’ll be shutting down the Firefall beta as part of protest actions.

The beta will be down for 24 hours, as will a big chunk of the Internet. Destructoid plans to shut down in protest, replacing its website with a static image detailing SOPA protest options, as do a number of other sites and YouTube channels. has also thrown its support into the fight against SOPA, with a detailed post about where it stands.

Among other vocal opponents of SOPA like Al Gore — Markus “Notch Persson, the creator of Minecraft. He and his company, Mojang, oppose the bill, with Notch making a statement against it that basically called SOPA, and the powers of censorship it grants, insane.

“No sane person can be for SOPA,” he told PC Gamer. “I don’t know if we’re sane, but we are strongly, uncompromisingly against SOPA, and any similar laws. Sacrificing freedom of speech for the benefit of corporate profit is abominable and disgusting.”

With so much of the Internet blacking itself out on Jan. 18 in protest, there’s a great opportunity for American Internet users everywhere to do their parts. Educate yourself by reading the full bill here. Spend the day Thursday writing or calling your local congressional representatives and Senators and express your misgivings with SOPA and its Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Visit for ways you can help stop SOPA and PIPA. You can also check out all our SOPA coverage up to now right here, and we’ll have (much) more next week.

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7 Comments on Gaming Community Joins SOPA Protests With Jan. 18 Blackouts


On January 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

this is stupid, what is this occupy wallstreet?

the internet, government and devs cant stop piracy. even if this bill passes theres still going to be a workaround for it, this will at least weed the idiots taking advantage of the internet and blatantly pirating versus people who do it right.


On January 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

This’ll be intresting, if youtube goes down (even for an hour) because of SOPA i bet the US will have a civil war on there hands, i dare not imagine what would happen if they took down facebook not to mention the international unrest this might cause.

Meh why is the US goverment even doing this ****? one would think they’d be smart enough to know that they will NEVER stop piracy.

Also is that the real SOPA block image in this article? if so

”Security through censorship”

The amount of stupidity in this one line cannot be denied and only serves to prove that the US goverment has roughly the brain power of an avarage worm.


On January 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thanks for reporting this Gamefront. Appreciate the heads up. We won’t stand for this violation of our basic right to free speech, the rule of law, or allow making corporations our new rulers and judges. They *shouldn’t* get the right to judge us- that’s the law’s job. They *shouldn’t* get the right to censor us- no one should. Fight piracy- don’t drop our civil rights! Pretending losing our rights will work won’t stop piracy! And the attack on freedom that SOPA and PIPA emobody applies to everyone in the world, given that the internet is effectively based in America!!


On January 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Yes just like any other attempt to stop piracy there will be workarounds. But that isnt the point. Shouldn’t have to do workarounds to things that are in the first amendment.

Any picture or video posted that contains ANY copyrighted material can be blocked/shutdown. If I do a review of a movie, game, music, etc and give it a bad review and someone from the company of that product doesnt like the poor review has the power to force me to remove it or shut down the host site if they dont remove it.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 14, 2012 at 10:51 am


FYI, that’s a mock-up graphic created by as a means of drawing attention to the issue (their web address is on the bottom). There is no official SOPA graphic (that I’m aware of) as of right now, and as I understand the act, there wouldn’t be one anyway — sounds much more like sites just disappear from the Internet, and even the people running those sites wouldn’t necessarily know what hit them.


On January 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

@Worm Until you learn the difference between “there” and “their” or how to spell “average,” please refrain from commenting on ANYONE’s intelligence.


On January 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Guess Ill go pirate Minecraft now. that .