Malaysia Has Blocked Steam

By Laura Kate Dale on at

Well, this sure is a turn of events. The Government of Malaysia just stepped in and blocked the entirety of Steam across the whole country to stop people purchasing Fight of the Gods, a kind of mediocre-looking game about gods punching each other in the face. We received an email from the British publisher PQube, and it's pretty hilarious.

Most notably, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission have called for a ban on the game and asked for it to be disabled within 24 hours or face further actions.

We never received any communications from Malaysian officials here at PQube, however reports seem to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of Gods.

I would describe the tone of this email, and the following statement from developer Digital Crafter and PQube, as 'bewildered.'

Fight of Gods is a video game that takes a humorous approach to religion in the same way that other entertainment formats have – across television, film, books and theatre.

The game is not promoting any religious agenda and is not designed to offend. The description of the game on the digital platforms through which it is distributed provide clear guidance on the nature of the game and its content so that people can freely choose whether or not to play it. We fully respect the choice of those who would not wish to play it.

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, although no direct communication has been received by us as to the reasons for this. Nevertheless we respect any rules and censorship imposed in any given territory.

The controversy is undoubtedly because the game, you know, represents gods. Presumably Valve will step in and implement some sort of geolocking of Fight of the Gods to get the rest of their service online but, for now, the Malaysian Government should know one thing. Be cautious with your provocations. There is but one true god, and his name is Gaben.