Earlier this week, Taiwan developers Digital Crafter, together with PQube, a publisher from the UK released a game called Fight of Gods. If you are unfamiliar with it, Fight of Gods is a fighting game pitting religious figures against one another.
At the point of writing the game’s roster consists of 8 deities, with more planned additions as the game inches closer to its release date. The game is currently in early access. While some call the jokes made by the game tasteless, it has been receiving rave reviews as a relatively well made fighting game.
However, with a topic like religion there is bound to be some backlash from people who would take offence to the references made. Reports in Malaysia said that religious leaders in the country called for a ban on the game, citing possible religious tensions.
On the 7th of September, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) gave Valve, the operators of popular digital game distribution system, Steam 24 hours to disable the game’s availability in Malaysia.
Fast forward 24 hours, as of time of writing, reports of the digital store front being blocked by the authorities have surfaced. It should be noted however, that the block seems to be a block on the store’s Domain Name Service (DNS). Game services are still available.
— Iain McNally (@McNastyPrime) September 8, 2017
— hafiz rosli (@pis_a) September 8, 2017
“We never received any communications from Malaysian officials here at PQube,” the publisher said in a press release. “However reports seem to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of Gods.”
“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,” said PQube’s press release. “Nevertheless we respect any rules and censorship imposed in any given territory.”