A Kick in the Butt for Stop Killing Games

Bjorn Stokke

Stop Killing Games

Since the shutdown of The Crew, many have had enough of Ubisoft and the attitudes of companies worldwide. A man named Ross Scott decided to establish an organization called Stop Killing Games to combat this exact issue, and his campaign quickly reached a staggering 23,000 signatures.

Stop Killing Games Isn’t Giving up Yet

Stop Killing Games is continuing their campaign to gather more signatures, and once they surpass 100,000, the authorities must address the issue by debating whether a new law should be introduced regarding this matter.

With 23,000 signatures, the British authorities had to respond to Stop Killing Games regarding their campaign about whether game companies have the right to pull the plug on their own products. The response given might be disappointing for many, but the fight doesn’t have to end here—this is just one answer. A quote follows from PCGamer, as they were the first to report on the matter.

Consumers should be aware that there is no requirement in UK law compelling software companies and providers to support older versions of their operating systems, software or connected products,” the response states. “There may be occasions where companies make commercial decisions based on the high running costs of maintaining older servers for videogames that have declining user bases.

Consumers should also be aware that while there is a statutory right for goods (including intangible digital content) to be of a satisfactory quality, that will only be breached if they are not of the standard which a reasonable person would consider to be satisfactory, taking into account circumstances including the price and any description given,” the response states. “For example, a manufacturer’s support for a mobile phone is likely to be withdrawn as they launch new models. It will remain usable but without, for example, security updates, and over time some app developers may decide to withdraw support.

-UKG & PP

This entirely means that if game companies are to reverse this ugly trend, actual laws and regulations are needed to prevent exactly what recently happened with The Crew. Currently, there is no British law prohibiting a game company from discontinuing support for its older products. Ubisoft’s lawyers were likely well aware of this, so at the moment, players & Stop Killing Games are shouting at deaf ears.

It’s time for someone to stand up and take the fight, and if the organization becomes large enough, professional help can be hired to assist with further arguments and guidance. The submitted case remains open until October 16, and the British authorities must debate the issue if the campaign reaches 100,000 signatures. It is possible for other countries to assist, giving the case a chance to succeed.

FURTHER READING: Top 10 Best Games We Expect to Be Big in 2024.


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