Salleh: Ban on Steam gaming website to be lifted


PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has reversed its decision to block the website of a popular gaming provider, Steam, over its failure to prevent Malaysians from downloading a controversial game.

This was revealed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, who took to Twitter today to announce the rescinding of the order.

“Steam has disabled the download of the game in Malaysia in accordance with our warning & request last night. Will uplift the blocking today,” Salleh said in a tweet sent out early this morning.

The move to block the website altogether, last night, followed the demand by Salleh for the provider of the video game Fight of Gods to disable downloads for Malaysian users within 24 hours, failing which action would be taken.

In a statement yesterday, Salleh said the website of Steam was blocked after they failed to comply with the 24-hour ultimatum issued earlier yesterday.

“This action is necessary to ensure solidarity, harmony and the well-being of the multiracial and multi-religious people in the country are the main objectives of the government.

“The government will not compromise with any action that can jeopardise these objectives,” he said.

Since the blocking of the Steam website was enforced by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday, many Malaysian gamers took to social media to vent their outrage and frustration.

DAP youth slams BN government

Even DAP’s youth wing weighed in on the website ban, saying it showed that the “Barisan Nasional government doesn’t trust the intelligence of Malaysian youth and believes that ‘government knows best’ without considering what the people really want”.

“Malaysia, under the BN federal government, seems to be heading towards a future where there will be unnecessary censorship imposed at the convenience of the government rather than allowing youths to exercise their own judgement.

Muhammad Shakir Ameer
Muhammad Shakir Ameer

“The BN Youth headed by Khairy Jamaluddin doesn’t seem to get the drift of the youth of today despite their attempts to win over the youth with their National Transformation (TN50) engagements, said Muhammad Shakir Ameer, who is a DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) netional executive committee member.

The game, Fight of Gods, developed by Taiwan-based Digital Crafter, had created controversy as it featured Jesus Christ and Buddha among its stable of “fighters”.

Fight of Gods is inspired by one-on-one brawling games such as Street Fighter, with players trying to use their “fighter” to defeat their opponent’s “fighter”.

The game had left religious leaders and gaming fans offended by the depiction of Jesus and Buddha in acts of violence.

The growing popularity of the game also outraged various religious groups in the country, who demanded that the government act promptly by banning the game and blocking its download online.