Capcom Tries To Tapdance Out Of Its SOPA Support, Blames 'Bad Journalism' For Its Own Statements

from the not-going-to-cut-it dept

Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. Yesterday, we noted that Capcom was one gaming company that was willing to say that it was in agreement with the ESA on SOPA… and since the ESA has made it clear that it supports SOPA, that’s pretty clearly a statement that Capcom supports SOPA. I don’t see how else you can interpret a claim that “the ESA represents us on these matters.” When you say that someone is acting as your representative, then that means they speak for you. So we reported that accurately.

However, Capcom appears to be trying to backtrack its way out of this, by insisting that it’s “bad journalism” to point out exactly what the company said:

We’ve only ever stated that the ESA represents us in legislative matters (again, like every other publisher). We have not stated any stance on our support (or not) for SOPA. Inferring more than that is bad journalism (which seems to be rampant based upon the rereporting of a six word response to inquiry).

As I noted in the original post, this is why it’s dangerous (and not particularly smart) to outsource who represents you entirely. It’s great to be a member of an organization that can work with you on what’s happening legislatively, but you should never, as a company, completely outsource your own opinion on such things. But that’s clearly what Capcom said in their original statement. That’s not bad journalism, it’s a bad decision by Capcom.

And, of course, Capcom doesn’t go so far as to make an actual statement on SOPA. Instead, it claims, “We do not have an internal stance on this particular issue and are not planning to.” Then perhaps that’s what they should have said originally, rather than pointing journalists to the ESA…

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: if youre not against it..

Screw you. I did not go through the decades of the Vietnam and the Iraq Wars to hear “If you’re not with us you’re for the enemy” or “If you’re not with us you’re the enemy” anymore. If you’re not against SOPA then, well…you’re not against SOPA. Ignorance is a valid reason, and education is a valid response. Condemnation isn’t. Even willful ignorance should be acceptable, it’s their choice, not yours. Just like your viewpoint is your choice. It’s just one that pisses me off.

Sorry, I was gonna rant harder but lost some steam about halfway through. Anyway, have a nice day.

Robert (profile) says:


That’s their only defense, avoidance. They bitch about “misinformation” or “misinterpretation” but won’t be clear about their stance for fear of repercussions (from both sides).

Of course politicians, media pundits, and the SOPA supporters, will go on and on about “bad journalism.” Yet no one complains about Fox News for bad journalism?

It’s funny how companies don’t want to be labeled “guilty” before given a chance to defend themselves but have no problem doing it to little people.

Capcom is guilty, they support SOPA until they deny it in writing! You support ESA so yes you support SOPA and are guilty by association. Maybe you should not have “linked” yourself with said “infringing on rights of others” SOPA supporters eh?

E. Zachary Knight (profile) says:

Simple Mathematics

Come on Capcom. This is all simple mathematics. In Mathematics, it is possible to draw a single line through two points. Take the following statements:

1) The ESA supports SOPA.

2) Capcom refers queries to the ESA for its stance on SOPA.

With that simple rule of Mathematics, what possible outcome were they expecting? The only outcome people could take from those two statements is that Capcom supports SOPA.

Dance around the issue all they want, but Mathematics never lies.

Anonymous Coward says:

If you support SOPA then the ESA speaks for and represents us in this matter.

If you don’t support SOPA then we have no stance on SOPA, the ESA doesn’t represent our opinions.

It’s so much easier to get caught trying to have things both ways today with the Internet, maybe that’s why Capcom and many politicians want to strangle the Internet.

Todd (profile) says:

Profoundly tone deaf

These guys seem to be making all of the classic errors of a PR department that doesn’t know what the internet is. If they were manufacturing ginsu knives, I could almost understand it. Given the product, it implies either stupidity or malice.

If you go look at the “official statement” linked in the post, it’s a forum discussion that was flaming the company for supporting SOPA/PIPA. Rather than address the issue as humans, they posted a PR gobbledygook message and locked the thread.

I’m sure, now that they have locked people out of commenting on this issue on their forums, that the problem will now just quietly go away.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Boycott this list

those arent really single player games anymore.

sure, they have a solo campaign.. but that’s not really what they are selling. its a free perk to those that are buying their shiny multiplayer game.

You play on their servers, even when playing solo.

boycotting the company seems silly to me, but thats your choice.

crade (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Boycott this list

haven’t played diable 3, but starcraft2 only requires an internet connection to validate your copy, then allows you to play offline. I have no problem with a game requiring an internet connection if they need the internet connection to support features anyway. Starcraft works great, thats really all I ask, I’m not too hard to please 🙂

David Poole (profile) says:


“At Capcom, we’re game makers, not legislators. We do not have an internal stance on this particular issue and are not planning to. We’ll get back to making games. Thanks.”

That is the scariest kind of cop-out. “We’re not responsible. We’re just doing our jobs!”

EVERYONE is a legislator or at least we have to hold them accountable. Anything less is a cop-out.

DH's Love Child (profile) says:

Re: Re: cop-out

“Why should corporations interfere with the political affairs of the citizenry?”

Um, you realize that corporations are “the citizenry” to according to SCOTUS? And corporations have been (and are) already interfering with the political affairs of the citizenry. Do you think SOPA/PIPA materialized out of thin air? They were introduced at the behest of, all together now kids, CORPORATIONS.

Anonymous Coward says:


so how is one supposed to interpret “the ESA represents us in legislative matters”, if not by reading it as “we agree with the ESA”? Perhaps they’re trying to relate to the American voters themselves – after all, I suppose that the majority of us feel like we aren’t being represented by our congressional representatives.

Beta (profile) says:


My guess is that SOPA has been recognized within Capcom as such a live wire that even “no comment” is dangerous (as it should be). So they attempted to distance themselves from the whole question, having a minor spokeswoman direct all inquiries to ESA. Digital Trends quite correctly took Capcom at its word: Capcom is in favor of SOPA. Now Capcom is taking fire, and must retreat. Throwing the (unnamed?) spokeswoman under the bus would only draw more attention, so they must unsay what they said, retreat to a weaselly form of “No Comment” (what does “internal stance” mean?), lock down the forums and hope that some other company will make a similar gaffe soon and draw fire from Capcom.

Refusing to take a stand is one thing, but this kind of duplicity is something else, and I think that as responsible citizens we have a duty to punish companies that behave this way.

Anonymous Coward says:

That’s exactly how I read their response: “the ESA represents us on these matters” in the sense of “the ESA is our proxy on these matters.” Which is really the same as saying “our opinion on these matters is that which the ESA presents.” Therefore, Capcom said they support SOPA.

If that’s NOT what they meant, they should have been more clear. It actually sounds to me like a lazy PR guy who’s getting bit for not actually paying attention to what’s going on. The “six word response” was a hand wave, shooing away a nuisance. This is what you get.

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