I’m going to be brutally honest with you guys and girls now, because when I first heard of Digital Crafter and PQube’s 2D god fighter game “Fight of gods“. I just knew that there would be problems on launch…And I’m not talking about bugs, glitches or other technical issues. No, I’m talking about the religious theme of the game. Well, guess what? I was right, because I just found out via PQube that it appears as if Malaysia has decided to block Steam entirely in-order to stop “Fight of gods”. Yes, you read it correctly, and here’s what PQube told me:
“Hey guys, Some of you may be aware that Fight of Gods released on Steam Early Access this week and has been seeing a bit of controversy because it features religious figures engaging in battle. Most notably, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission have called for a ban on the game and asked for it to be disabled within 24 hours or face further actions. We never received any communications from Malaysian officials here at PQube, however reports seem to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of Gods. What follows is a short statement on the situation on behalf of Digital Crafter and us here at PQube.
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 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. We have reached out to Steam and are working with them to resolve the situation as soon as possible.” – PQube
On a personal level, I find this to be really messed up, because even though it’s the year 2017 (soon 2018) people still get butthurt, triggered and offended by stuff like this. I mean, it’s video game for crying out load! Furthermore, it’s quite obvious that “Fight of gods” was never meant to be take seriously (just look at the released trailers, pictures and whatnot). So this makes me somewhat sad really, especially since the players love the game (the Steam feedback and reviews has been very positive for “Fight of gods”).
I also feel sorry for the players in Malaysia, as it will be harder for them to get a chance to play “Fight of gods” (or any other Steam game for that matter). So I truly hope that PQube and Digital Crafter will be able to sort this out with Steam and the Malaysian communications and multimedia commission some how.
And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
Editor in chief
The Gaming Ground
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