New Organisation to Support Gamers and Gaming

Red 5 Studios has founded a new organisation with the aim of advocating the rights of Gamers and Developers, and fostering gaming as a hobby. Thanks to a $50,000 from the studio and its CEO Mark Kern, the League For Gamers (LFG) was founded on January 14, 2012 and touts itself as an alternative to the entertainment networks they claim have turned their back upon us.

“The VGVN and the ESA claim to represent gamers and developers, but they have turned their backs on them by supporting and funding legislation such as SOPA and PIPA,” said Mark Kern.“Developers such as Red 5 Studios and other game makers no longer have an organization to represent their true position on this kind of destructive legislation. LFG’s first action will be to petition the ESA to withdraw their support from PIPA, which still looms large in the Senate.”

The mission of the League For Gamers is to positively promote games, spread the joy and passion of gaming, as well as protect gaming interests in politics. Considering the negative attention that seems to be shoveled upon videogames at times, this is certainly a welcome mission indeed.

In line with this, the organisation has today announced that Red 5 Studios will be shutting down Firefall and its associated website on January 18th for 24 hours, in a show of solidarity; Encouraging all associated with videogames and the gaming industry to stand together against overbearing and misguided legislative initiatives such as SOPA (the Stop Anti Privacy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP).

For those out of the loop on these legislations, we detour briefly to the all-knowing Wikipedia:

SOPA was a proposed law that “would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.” There are many components to the law, of which there are such gems as “the bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months.”

PIPA is a “proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”, especially those registered outside the U.S.” Those in opposition to the bill are concerned at the “possible damage to freedom of speech, innovation, and Internet integrity.”

At this stage the SOPA initiative has been shelved, but the PIPA bill is scheduled for vote on January 24th. The League For Gamers have now set up a petition against the bill at Change.org, however there’s only one week before the Senate vote on the issue, so gamers and developers need to raise their voices and add their support against the bill as soon as possible.

To find out more about the League For Gamers head on over to the official website or Facebook page.
If you want to add your voice to the outcry against E3’s support of PIPA, head straight on over to the petition and add your name (and message if you like).

If you live in North America you can also contact your local representative in Congress and the Senate to tell them how you feel about SOPA and PIPA through the Electronic Frontier Foundation website.

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