Taiwan based games studio Digital Crafter and UK based games distributor PQube are running into problems with their online game Fight of Gods. The game is a deity-based brawlfest. Buddha, Odin, Zeus, Moses, and Jesus all duke it out to determine “who will lead us to enlightenment.” The game is distributed through PC gaming distribution platform Steam.
First the game got blocked in Malaysia, where the Malaysian government prevented all access to Steam for a day to force Steam to remove access to Fight of Gods. Steam has now geo-blocked the game in Malaysia. Indonesia’s IT Ministry has now issued a warning to Steam to remove it too. A geo block has been requested within 48 hours, according to Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, director general of Information Application at the IT Ministry. The grounds are that the game might inflame religious tensions.
Of course these bans are bringing more attention to the game and driving up its popularity.