Posted on January 18, 2012, Phil Owen Red 5 Skipping E3 To Protest the ESA’s Support of SOPA and PIPA
Developer Red 5, the folks behind the currently-in-beta shooter Firefall, are not going to have anything to do with E3 this year, because the show is run by the Entertainment Software Association, and those guys support SOPA and PIPA. Not only that, though; they’re going to use the $50,000 or so that they would have spent going to E3 on other things, like a grassroots organization called the League for Gamers, which I guess would lobby like the ESA without doing things like supporting legislation that would f–k over the entire internet and gamers everywhere.
It’s a worthy cause, sure, and I like the gumption they have to just skip E3 like that. E3 is kind of a big deal, as we all know, and so skipping it is a meaningful gesture.
For more on this move, be sure to head over to Ars Technica and read their interview with Red 5′s CEO about this whole thing.