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Indonesia Bans Steam and Epic Games, Along With Many Major Services

by Abdul Wassay
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Indonesia Bans Steam and Epic Games

Indonesia bans Steam and Epic Games, along with many other services. Today, The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology took the step to ban any websites that hadn’t complied with it and failed to register.

The banned companies include companies such as Steam, Epic Games, Nintendo, Origin, and Ubisoft, just to name a few. A few days ago, The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology issued a new regulation that requires the formal resignation of game and tech companies with The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The new regulation barely had any grace period, and the new law applies to local as well as foreign companies.

According to The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, major companies such as Google, Roblox, and even Tencent have already registered with them and work functionally. However, some big storefronts such as Steam and Epic Games Store haven’t, along with other tech companies such as Yahoo and Bing. The ban on these companies spreads to the entirety of Indonesia, and both private and government-owned internet service providers are going to enforce it.

Countries who want to get on The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology whitelist need to abide by a few requirements. First of which is a fee, which is based on the company’s operation size in the country. Companies who register with The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology will also have to share all of the data that they have in the Indonesian market, which is a privacy concern to a lot of people.

A reason for the new regulations has also been given. According to a report by The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the reason for these changes is to create fairness among game developers in Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s report states the following.

By tracking the gaming companies currently active in Indonesia, the government can promote more game jams between local and foreign game companies or fund internship opportunities for major game studios.

This is a heavy blow to Indonesian gamers, as they can’t even access their game library without a VPN. We hope that the situation will be resolved soon and that Indonesians can go back to enjoying their favorite games.

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