The Malaysian authorities have banned entry to Steam, in its entirerty, throughout the nation. The transfer was made in response to controversy of the not too long ago launched sport, Fight of Gods.
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The problem, first highlighted on neogaf, stems from the discharge of the preventing sport, which options, amongst others, Jesus and Buddha as playable characters. While maybe vaguely distasteful, none have responded to this creative alternative as strongly because the Malaysian authorities, who appealed for the sport’s digital availability to be disabled of their nation.
Yesterday Salleh Said Keruak, Malyasia’s communications and multimedia minister, requested for the sport to be taken down “within 24 hours.” If that didn’t occur, the minister stated “further action will be taken.” It would appear that Keruak’s requests weren’t met, and that additional motion appears to have been disabling everything of the Steam digital platform throughout Malaysia.
On the neogaf thread talked about above, it was revealed that attempting to entry the Steam retailer webpage took customers to a web page that merely learn “Access to this site has been denied under Section 263(2) Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 as it violates the following Malaysian law: Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.”
If you’re not updated in your Malaysian mental property regulation, that act forbids “making, creating, or soliciting any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person.”
The early entry sport, which was launched final week, options Odin, Zeus and Anubis as a part of its roster, however the depictions of Jesus and Buddha specifically prompted Keruak to slam the sport as blasphemous, and to say that “it is in the public interest to ensure that immediate steps are taken so that such contents do not continue to harm others.”
You can (and doubtless ought to, it’s fairly humorous) take a look at Fight of Gods’ Jesus Returns Trailer above. You may also watch the sport’s launch trailer here. If you don’t dwell in Malaysia, you would even decide the sport up on Steam.