Red 5 Studios will shut down the Firefall
beta on January 18, joining Reddit in its one day protest
of the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA
). CEO Mark Kern told Shacknews
that the "misguided legislation" would hurt smaller game companies that wouldn't have the legal resources to protect themselves in case of an "unwarranted shutdown."
"We are also ashamed of the ESA
for supporting a bill which is clearly not in the best interests of gamers or the game industry," Kern said, taking his protest of the organization that puts on the annual E3 event one step further. "We will not attend E3 unless ESA reverses their stance."
"We issue a call to all our industry peers, including developers, publishers and game press, to join us in letting the ESA know they do not represent our views on this issue, and strongly oppose SOPA and PIPA."
Despite the ESA's support
of SOPA, some members have spoken out against
the political lobbying group's stance. Non-member developers have also started speaking out this week, including League of Legends
developer Riot Games
and Torchlight's Runic Games
: has stated
Minecraft.net and Mojang.com will join in the protest.