Riot Games, developer and publisher of MOBA League of Legends, has announced opposition to the the U.S. House of Representatives’ “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the Senate’s “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA). The full statement and description of how gamers would be impacted by this legislation is available on the official League of Legends forums.
“We’re not usually inclined to comment on politics. We’re a game company, and making games is just a whole lot more fun,” says Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games in an official statement. “But there is legislation under consideration today by the United States congress that gives us serious concern.”
U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, one of SOPA’s congressional opponents – and as it happens, a League of Legends player (with a fondness for the champions Maokai and Anivia) – made an appearance in Riot’s official forum thread on the subject. “I’m particularly concerned that SOPA might stifle the kind of innovation that brings us games we love, such as LoL,” says Rep. Polis. “The bill makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence.”
Other entities such as aggregate megasite Reddit have also recently announced substantial initiatives against SOPA, with Reddit declaring a full blackout of the site on January 18 from 8am to 8pm EST to raise awareness and action against the bill.
Riot legal counsel Logan Margulies fielded questions about SOPA and Riot Games in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/oco15/iama_attorney_for_riot_games_directing_our/