After Epic Games, Riot Games has gone public and stated that they are against both SOPA and PIPA. This is huge and we hope that more developers will follow the example of these companies. SOPA (and PIPA that has not been mentioned previously) is atrocious and can harm the gaming industry, plain and simple.
According to Riot Games, SOPA/PIPA could impact League of Legends players by killing streaming. If any single streamer plays copyrighted music (or alt tabs into a movie or other owned content) on their stream, there is a significant risk of the entire streaming service being taken down. In some cases, it could even result in criminal penalties for the streamer.
In addition, services we all use to create and share League of Legends related content, such as YouTube, Reddit, DeviantArt, streaming websites such as Own3d and Twitch, and more would be at risk of shutting down or greatly restricting the scope of legitimate content allowed on their sites.
Moreover, aspects of Riot Games’ service, such as the official forums and potentially even in-game chat, could be taken down or have their features reduced based on user behavior. On the other hand, SOPA/PIPA undermine established intellectual property legislation like the DMCA, raise serious constitutional free speech issues, and could even compromise the basic security infrastructure of the internet.
These are some of the issues that League of Legends players could face if SOPA/PIPA actually pass. So spread the word guys, this is harmful to the entire industry and should NOT pass.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."