[UPDATED] Malaysia blocks Steam entirely to stop FIGHT OF GODS

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    Released on Steam Early Access this week, Fight of Gods is a fighting game that features deities like Moses, Jesus, Zeus, Buddha and even Anubis!


    If you thought it couldn't get even more intense, then you were wrong! 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. And then Steam was entirely banned.

    In a press release, PQube, the game's publisher, noted that "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."

    Talking to The Star about their actions, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had the following to say: "Malaysians respect all cultural and religious sensitivities, and the sale and distribution of the religiously insensitive and blasphemous games must be stopped immediately."

    Below is a short statement on the matter from Digital Crafter and PQube:

    Kotaku reached out to Valve and they replied with the following statement:

    So what do you think of this ban? Somewhat reminiscent of the Russian Pokémon GO player who was recently jailed for playing the game in a church, no?

    UPDATE:

    It seems like Steam has been unblocked in Malaysia while Fight of Gods has been removed from the digital game distribution platform in the country.

    :arrow: SOURCE: GBAtemp Inbox
     
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    they banned and blocked the entirety of Steam for one game...?
    *dies of laughter*
     
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    That's a pretty extreme reaction over one game. So Hatred didn't go too far? But this game is the straw that broke the camel's back?
     
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    yeah ,Malaysia is very case sentitive religious country. I feel ashamed to be born and raised as Malaysian,only good thing about Malaysia is about totally no natural disaster occurance like earthquake ,hurricane/tornado ,tsunami ,volcano and etc...

    1 thing ,i am Atheist myself,and I couldn't bring saying i am Atheist on my living area ,or else people here would end up bullying or threatening me in some sort of ways.
     
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    They should try God of war, they might like it.
     
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    Oh, finally I will be able to buy Gods as DLC. How can you now justify to be agains DLC? :D (Yes, DLC isn't planned yet, but we all know how it will end).
    Huh? What do you mean with I missed the point? I think that is the real news here :P

    Seems there is no Thor, Mohammed or Looki for now, but it's still in Early Access. I would be surpised if Thor and Shiva wouldn't be in the base game, they are a pretty obvious choices for adding to such a fighting game, I think.
     
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    Ok...

    Well, no more malaysian bots on Steam this week xD
     
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    Smite is on Steam too, I just don't get it.
     
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    I assume this decision was made by some old person who hardly know what steam is, or this "internet" everyone talks about in recent years, maybe there was a newspaper article about this "shocking" game...

    Also I think SMITE dosn't has Jesus and Moses since the steam page of SMITE says "Gods of Old". That could make the difference for the Malaysian goverment.
     
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    lol can you imagine how they (or other muslims) would react if their precious alla or m0hammed were in this game?

    i'm surprised they reacted like this without those characters though. just a bunch of old fashioned backwards screeching!
     
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    haha ,cearp I feel you, when you are in Msia,you can't say anything about that ,they will throw ya into jail immediately and lawyers will be not allow to defend you for this case.
     
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    We will gladly accept Shin Megami Tensei, however.

    You sure about that?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Sabah_earthquake

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombalai_Hill

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floods_in_Malaysia
     
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    Malaysia beeing a country with around 60% muslims I assume it's more a matter of the city or city part you're while speaking about Islam ;)
     
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    I am malaysian myself, why would i lie u ?
    the earthquake isn't happening from malaysia,it happens on indonesia and effected us by a little bit.
    The bombalai is the first thing i have ever heard in my life,thanks for sharing.
    Floods are happening anywhere in malaysia ,this isn't really considering natural disaster,it is caused by human and development in the country.
     
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    Malaysia is a pretty decent country in fact. They are the ONLY country to control EVERYthing, like the "halal" certificate. In France, we are not sure at all if we eat Halal to be honest. But in Malaysia, you have Halal Coke, halal papers (not joking at all)... They control everything, and that's pretty cool compared to us.
     
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    i wanted to see what happened if someone made a a game "race killer" and you would get very high payout for killing muslims and penalties for killing Nazis
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    i mean with the ammount of anime girls full of sexual content games.. steam is already filled with trash games, so i wanted to see someone testing the waters of "offendingness"
     
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    So you know that in France, they banned a game for "excessive violence" ? Do not remember the name though.
     
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    there was plenty of contorversy arround gta, but heh. it's the one of the most sold games now..

    they are games... they are fantasy, only poor brained would mix fantasy with real life and being offended by games...
     
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