Malaysian government bans Steam over religious fighting game

Mountains out of molehills anyone?

Fight of Gods, an indie brawler that made it’s way to Steam recently, has caused quite a stir relatively quickly. It’s a humorous take on various gods and deities pitting them against each other.

And that’s what tickles the Malaysian government. Introducing Budda to the mix has prompted the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to institute a country wide ban on Steam Store page.

Lowyat.net reports that the authorities had given Valve 24 hours to region block the game and the denial of access is a result of the company not complying with the request.

The creator of the game had this to say:

“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 provides 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.
We have reached out to Steam and are working with them to resolve the situation as soon as possible.”

Games are a pretty serious business it seems.