Today Notch, the creator of Minecraft and his company Mojang, has decided that in protest of SOPA, he will take Minecraft.net offline. This move will be certain to garner some of the attention of the 4 million people who have purchased Minecraft once they realize they can’t connect to their favorite online servers. The players will flood to the creator’s website to find out why it’s down. There they will be met, hopefully, by notices telling them exactly why the game is offline, spreading awareness even further. So if on the 18th, your Minecraft won’t allow you to log-in, blame SOPA, not Notch and Mojang.
Can’t say that this is a surprising move Notch is not a new face on the whole Piracy debacle. He himself has even encouraged piracy of his own game. His views being that if people are going to pirate the game, there isn’t much he can do to stop them, so he figures that some people pirating the limited version of the game will spur a few more legitimate sales for people who want the online feature. A unique view of piracy to be sure, not one you’d expect a game developer to have.