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Riot Games anti-SOPA forum thread sparks support from Congressman Jared Polis

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Riot Games has publicly denounced the SOPA and PIPA bills, using its social pages to incite protests to the government from its users.

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Hitting back against the support by the Entertainment Software Association, Riot Games co-founder and CEO Brandon Beck took to the company's own forums to take an official stance against the SOPA and PIPA bills. The "generally apolitical" League of Legends developer has made the decision to speak out as it feels that the bills will kill streaming, threaten independent content creation, damage communities, threaten free speech, and even damage the foundation of the internet.

The thread's drawn an impassioned response from the game's community, with over 1700 replies, though one on the first page stands out — that of Congressman Jared Polis, an avid LoL player and one of the people behind the rival OPEN bill. He says that SOPA "makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence," and calls upon other members of the community to write to their representatives in protest of the bill.

In a similarly social move Riot Games attorney Logan Marguiles has opened up an "IAmA" thread on Reddit, offering to answer any questions people have on SOPA and PIPA. He also reveals that this isn't the extent of Riot's protests, and the company has more plans in the pipeline.