Access to Steam has now been blocked in Malaysia following the release of a title called Fight of Gods, where religious figures such as Jesus and Buddha are able to fight each other.
Malaysia’s communications and multimedia minister, Dr Salleh Keruak said that calls for downloads for Fight of Gods to be disabled. Fight of Gods has become illegal under Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Act of 1998.
Keruak said that “‘Malaysians respect all cultural and religious sensitivities, and the sale and distribution of the religiously insensitive and blasphemous games must be stopped immediately,”
The game’s publisher PQube have stated that they had never received any communications form Malaysia. Malaysia’s government went on to block Steam from the entire country.
PQube issued a statement defending Fight of Gods saying “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.”
Update: The block has since been lifted, as the game Fight of Gods has been geoblocked in Malaysia instead.