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ESA TO BUTT HEADS WITH FCC

By Stoyan Todorov eSports 11 Apr 2018 127 views

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has filed a motion in the District Columbia Circuit, joining the ongoing litigation between Mozilla Corporation and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

ESA will challenge FCC’s plans to push ahead with a repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from denying services to some of their customers or intentionally deteriorating the quality of the service.

Game developers fear that if the repeal comes into effect, it would significantly damage the online gaming agency, as broadband providers could potentially slow down consumers’ connection on a whim.

Many of the sector’s giants, including Activision Blizzard, Microsoft, and Nintendo, champion ESA. If the amendment stays in place and ISPs are allowed to control the connection of their users, they could greatly hurt the future of gaming and professional sports.

Game developers will continuously depend on reliable Internet connection so that users may participate in multiplayer battles and the selective culling of users’ connection would greatly imperil this.

FCC has argued that the repeal would allow everyone to access a ‘free Internet.’ The downside of it is that users’ connection could be severely throttled.

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