The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, hasn't been too popular in the tech world lately, due mostly to the fact that it's a big step toward full-blown internet censorship. That didn't stop tons of corporations from throwing their support behind it (Why would it? Here's a PDF with the current list), but now at least three prominent gaming companies have withdrawn their endorsements, Game Politics reports.

Maybe Nintendo, Sony and EA realized that the government taking away our right to freedom of speech is, ultimately, bad for everyone—corporations included. Or maybe they're just afraid of the kind of backlash that other companies (Go Daddy in particular) have faced for supporting the bill.

Either way, let's hope the trend continues and SOPA dies a horrible, fiery, permanent death. How do you see these moves—conscience kicking in, or simple survival tactics for the big companies? let us know in the comments or on Twitter.