UPDATE: The Fight of Gods Aftermath

By Dale Bashir on Sep 9, 2017

A follow-up to last night's breaking news, the blocking of Steam is over and now players in Malaysia can access their Steam as usual, but with a small difference. The controversial deity fighting game, Fight of Gods is now missing from Steam's library. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commision has had the game removed from Malaysia's Steam page, though some users are still reported to be blocked from the site due to different internet service providers still haven't relinquishing their block on the site.

The banned game in question.
The banned game in question.

The developer of the game in question, PQube has released a statement of the matter and had this to say:

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.

The publishers even amended one of their giveaways in a tweet to not include Malaysia:

Users across the net have take to social media to express their discern for the banning of the game and some bashing on the developers for actually making the game:

A commentator on Free Malaysia Today expressed the implications on the matter on a larger scale with an entire post on the matter:

For now, Malaysian gamers can rejoice for the return of Steam, but what may come for other games down the line or other forms of media, we may never know. 

 

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