KL lifts ban on Steam after site blocks game

PETALING JAYA • Malaysia has lifted its ban on popular gaming platform Steam after the site complied with the government's request to disable downloads of the video game Fight Of Gods in the country.

"The operators of the platform have complied with our request to block the video game Fight Of Gods from being downloaded by Malaysian users.

"Therefore, the blocked access (to) the site steampowered.com will now be lifted," Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said on Facebook yesterday.

Steam was earlier blocked by MCMC for failing to comply with the 24-hour ultimatum to disable downloads of the controversial video game by Malaysians.

MCMC said it was committed to protecting users in the country and would not compromise with any parties that demean the sanctity of religion and racial harmony.

It also reminded users to be vigilant and to use their discretion in selecting content.

On Twitter, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak confirmed that the blocking of the site would be lifted.

"Steam had disabled the download of the game in Malaysia in accordance with our warning and request last night. Will uplift the blocking today," he tweeted yesterday.

Datuk Seri Salleh had earlier said the video game, developed by a Taiwanese gaming studio, had degraded religions and religious leaders and posed a huge threat to racial unity and harmony.

The controversial video game features the likes of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha as playable characters.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 10, 2017, with the headline 'KL lifts ban on Steam after site blocks game'. Print Edition | Subscribe