In some interesting news coming from the Steam world this weekend, Fight of Gods has led to Malaysia cutting off Steam access for millions. The new game has been banned now from the Steam Store in Malaysia, but only after the government blocked access to Steam as a whole because of the game. We have all of the latest news about Steam and the Fight of Gods ban in Malaysia so read on to learn more.
Malaysia Bans Fight of Gods on Steam
For a while this weekend, Steam was completely blocked by the Malaysia government after the game Fight of Gods was released. The government blocked access to Steam due to Fight of Gods violating religious-and-racial-unity laws within the territory.
While the overall ban on Steam has now been lifted, there are still some Internet Service Providers who have blocked the Steam access. Fight of Gods is basically Street Fighter but instead of those characters, this game uses various religious figures. Some of those religious figures include Buddha and Jesus.
Valve said that some local areas within Malaysia are still blocking Steam. People are still able to play the games that they actually own within Steam, but the Store has been cutoff. The government of Malaysia said that Fight of Gods is a threat to the harmony and unity racially of the country.
The government did not say though that the game itself led to Steam being blocked directly to Valve. If you were unaware Valve is the company behind the PC gaming world of Steam. Valve said that it looked like to them that Fight of Gods was the only reason that Steam had been blocked in the country.
Providers Blocking Steam Due to Fight of Gods
While a lot of people are now able to access Steam, there are still plenty of Internet Service Providers blocking access. Steam actually came back up after about three hours of total downtime, but those with certain ISPs are not seeing Steam back up.
Even if you have an ISP that is blocking Steam, you are still able to access Fight of Gods if you know how. You can simply use a VPN in order to access Fight of Gods in Malaysia and any other games that are banned in the country. Private Internet Access is one VPN you could use if you wanted to access the game on Steam.
Regardless of whether or not you want to play Fight of Gods, using a VPN is still a good idea. That is because a lot of other countries, like China and Malaysia, block content or restrict access to various websites like Steam. If you live in a country where there is definitely some restrictions on the types of content you can look at, using a VPN is one of the best ways to get around that.
Hopefully, Malaysia will see that Valve and Steam as a whole should not be punished for what one game developer puts out. So far, we have not heard back from the game developer about this news, but we will update you if we do hear something.