For those who are not familiar with Steam, it is an online gaming platform run by US-based video game developer Valve Corporation. Steam sells multiplayer games you can purchase and download off the Internet, as well as offers digital rights management (DRM), video streaming and social networking services.
On September 8th 2017, the Steam website was blocked by the Malaysian government after a video game (Fight of Gods) developed by a Taiwanese gaming studio was considered too controversial for sale in Malaysian.
According to Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, the block on Steam was enforced due to Steam’s failure to comply with the 24-hour ultimatum given by the ministry to disable downloads of the game by Malaysian users.
Source: The Malay Mail Online
Initially sold on Steam for RM11.40, the features of the game which contains characters such as Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha, and Zeus pitting against each other in a fight arena was considered a posing threat to Malaysian racial unity and harmony.
Salleh stated that creating and spreading offensive content was an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Fight of Gods game trailer
In an announcement which came less than 12 hours after Steam has disabled the download of Fight of Gods on its gaming store, Salleh confirmed on Twitter that the blocking of the site would be lifted.
The ban on the Steam site in Malaysia has since been lifted.
What are your thoughts on Fight of Gods and Steam’s temporary block in Malaysia?