No, SEGA’s not protesting SOPA or PIPA in this fashion. PLAYSEGA, their online portal to emulators of old games (for a subscription fee, of course), has been forced to go offline for an extended period of time due to SEGA PASS. SEGA has sent out the following email to users of their service.
Dear PLAYSEGA Customer,
You may recall we recently communicated that SEGA PASS had been taken offline which lead to the suspension of PLAYSEGA. Unfortunately whilst significant progress has been made in resolving the issue; due to on-going maintenance work we will be unable to resume the PLAYSEGA service. We have therefore decided to refund any subscription time held or remaining from 1 June 2011 onwards. Refunds should have already been processed; please check your bank statement or PayPal account to ensure this credit has reached you. If you have been advised to contact us regarding your refund, please do so at your earliest convenience. Once again we would like to thank you for your support and to assure you that your financial details were not at risk during the recent incident.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience while we have worked to restore PLAYSEGA. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact support for further assistance:
PLAYSEGA’s largely flown under the radar; with most of the games likewise available on Steam or other digital distribution services, it made sense to purchase the games you can play instead of paying a subscription fee. If anything, the service had two notable features: a level editor for Sonic the Hedgehog, and the inclusion of a USB Saturn controller when you subscribed. It appears as if SEGA will try to get the service up running as fast as they can.
I was wondering why I had money from SEGA show up in my PayPal. I did only subscribe to the service for the USB controller, after all.
Did you ever use it?