A fighting game about world religions on Steam is causing trouble in Malaysia. PQube Games, publisher of the recently released PC game Fight of Gods, says that the Malaysian government is taking steps to ban the game including blocking access to Steam within the country.
Fight of Gods is a fighting game where religious figures like Jesus and Buddha duke it out, and although it looks pretty rough, players have taken to it. But Malaysia, an Islamic state that is known for heavy censorship of all media including books, TV, and music, appears to take issue with the depiction of deities. (It’s worth noting that Mohammed is not portrayed in the game.) The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, a regulatory government group, has called for a ban on the game within 24 hours, according to PQube.
“We never received any communications from Malaysian officials here at PQube,” the publisher said in a press release. “However, reports seem to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of Gods.”
"Right now players in Malaysia can access the games they own on Steam, but the Steam Store is being blocked by some local telcos in Malaysia." A representative from Valve has said. "From reports we are reading, this is due to a single game that conflicts with local laws. We have contacted the developer, removed the game, and are attempting to make contact with the officials in Malaysia to remove the block. We apologise for any inconvenience. "
Malaysia’s government has a track record of attacking video games and the people who play them. In 2013, a member of the country’s parliament called for a ban on Grand Theft Auto V.
“We are disappointed that such freedom of choice is not given to everyone and in particular that the game has been forcibly removed from sale in Malaysia,” said PQube’s press release. “Nevertheless we respect any rules and censorship imposed in any given territory.”