Malaysia blocks access to Steam due to controversial gods’ fight game
Malaysian gamers were irate after the government banned digital distribution platform Steam in the country due to a controversial fighting game featuring figures from different religions.
Shortly after the character “Jesus Christ” was introduced in “Fight of Gods,” Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) decided to conduct a Domain Name System (DNS) block on the entire gaming platform.
According to gaming thread NeoGaf, the MCMC requested Steam to geoblock users in Malaysia from purchasing the game. However, Steam brass did not act quickly enough, forcing the commission to ban its whole software.
MCMC Muiltimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said that blocking was necessary “(to ensure) solidarity, harmony, and well-being of the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country.”
“The government will not compromise with any action that can jeopardize these objectives,” he added.
Meanwhile, the game’s publisher, PQube, told gaming news outlet VF24/7 that the company has “reached out to Steam and are working with them to resolve the situation as soon as possible.”
The group also expressed disappointment that freedom of choice was not given to everyone, since the game was forcibly removed from sale in Malaysia.
Steam, on the other hand, has reportedly removed “Fight of Gods” in the country and is “attempting to make contact with the officials in Malaysia to remove the block.” Khristian Ibarrola /ra
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