Today's Takeaway - Night Owl Games joins the League for Gamers

Posted on January 20, 2012 - 6:00pm by Sean Hinz

Even though the ESA has come out and dropped their support of SOPA/PIPA, their reluctance has created an alternate advocacy group to protect the rights of publishers, developers, and gamers. Now the ESA has had an excellent track record of protecting the interests of gamers and its members. It was only their most recent decision to support SOPA/PIPA that generated a rift between some gamers and the ESA.

A week prior to this decision, a new advocacy group emerged known as the League for Gamers, who promised to challenge SOPA/PIPA and encourage others to join their cause. League for Gamers was founded by Red 5 Studios and Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5 Studios, on January 14th, 2012. Yesterday they reported that Night Owl Games had thrown their support behind the organization when Chris Mayer, CEO, Night Owl Games released the following statement:

“We at Night Owl Games are opposed to any type of legislation that prevents innovation in online gaming. We have decided to join the League for Gamers because we believe the new organization will do a better job at representing the interests of the entire game industry rather than a small number of the biggest companies,”

While this may seem like the end of SOPA/PIPA, piracy is still a major problem on the Internet and more legislation will be coming in the future to manage that very real threat. Let’s just hope whatever bill comes through next time, won't try to destroy the Internet in the process. Here something to think about though, will two advocacy groups be better than one?

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