Malaysian Government Blocks Steam Store Because of Game Where You Can Fight Buddha as Jesus

An eight-dollar indie fighting game has just gotten the best publicity it could have ever dreamed of – the Malaysian government has effectively stripped access to the game via Steam for all its citizens. The reasoning? You can pit literal deities and saviors against each other, or in this case, anything fighting their sacred Buddha.

The hammer came down via the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) via a country-wide blanket ban of the entire Steam Store.

This came after a report (via Lowyat) that the Malaysian government requested Valve block access to the game for users within their country. Valve apparently didn’t respond quick enough, so they blocked the entire store.

Fight of Gods comes off as a silly concept as it stars various god-type characters from all sorts of mythologies, including: Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Anubis, Guan Gong, Athena, and Zeus. Many initial reviews of the Early Access title note that it’s surprisingly competent as a fighting game.

There are plans to add more, but coming off this new controversy and the expected outrage, don’t expect further Buddhist deities and definitely abandon all hope of having Jesus fight Muhammad.

For now, publisher PQube is working on the issue, providing this statement to Niche Gamer:

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. 

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.

You can find Fight of Gods here on Steam.

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  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Disregard i fucked up

  • Blocks the ENTIRETY of the Steam store?

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Yeah, I even read the story wrong and thought it was just the game.

  • I’m just a bit confused because I’m seeing a few other articles mentioning Steam in general, but that linked Lowyat article and the quoted PQube statement saying it’s just the game.

  • vonSanneck

    Well done, now you gave the game publicity, something which you did not want to happen.
    It’s like every noteworthy person never once heard of the Streisand effect.

  • lucben999

    -Sir, this Steam thing just put out a video of Jesus punching Buddha.
    -The insolence! Block it! Block it now! We will not stand for this!
    -What do we block exactly sir?
    -ALL OF THE STEAM, BLOCK IT NOW

  • Madbrainbox

    I like the sense of humor the game has.And it looks decent as a game.Might give it a try.It’s only 8 euros after all.

  • I added a blurb from the email that wasn’t in the statement where they confirm there are reports of the entire Steam store being IP banned. Seeing reports of it all over.

  • Mr0303

    Wow, what an authoritarian evil state. At least North Korea has the decency to call itself a dictatorship.

  • Mr0303

    I also wonder what would’ve happened if they included a certain paedophile in the game. We would’ve likely lost PQube to the most peaceful religion of them all.

  • MusouTensei

    Malaysia is a country where being an atheist is a crime, fuck malaysia.

  • Ankoku Tou

    Local here, I can provide some info to you about the block.
    In essence, it’s a DNS ban, which can be circumvented by changing the default DNS to Google’s. Fun fact it’s also the same tactic they used years ago to ban porn and file sharing sites.

    As of right now there’s still a blanket ban on Steam’s site for those who have yet to change their DNS (coz Friday and no one works on weekends, access might be restored on Monday perhaps). , and for those who did, the game’s page has been removed. Steam mobile app is still fucked, you can access your Steam guard code, but I have no idea if it works.

  • Before this news, I had only seen one video of this game and didn’t even know it existed beforehand, paying it no more attention afterward.

    I now wish to purchase this game.

  • Heresy Hammer

    Would be pretty funny if they go the south park route with Muhammad and hes just a giant black censor bar.

  • Mechonis

    Pfft hahahaha

  • Randy Marsh

    I thought malaysia was predominately muslim so should they be happy other religions are fighting amongst themselves in a video game?

  • Alex Drake

    Other than the fact that the game looks rather blatantly like a street fighter 4 reskin, this story still boggle the mind.

  • DrearierSpider

    Better than being Charlie Hebdo’d at least.

  • ProtomanBlues

    Did anyone else read “MCMC” as “mick-mick?”

  • Madbrainbox

    Even in the case of other religions it’s still blasphemy.

  • Jack Thompson

    WEW LAD
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  • Street fighter is the MacDonalds of fighting games.

  • Seeing how PQube is ok with censorship they will just remove the character.

  • InkViper

    Crazy malaysians be like, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

  • Baron Krause

    You’re not still shitting your pants over the age removal are you?

  • sanic

    Why did pqube publishing this?

  • No just pointing out how PQube is ok with censorship. This article stated it also.

  • Grampy_Bone

    Jesus looks like a total badass

  • ProxyDoug

    That moment when you give publicity to a game that will give them more sales than the number of sales your country would provide.

  • lol

    If you don’t have the balls to depict Mohammed you have no business slandering more tolerant religions. And I say this as an atheist

  • VLOCKUP

    I still wonder why people likes to call him pedophile when I’m certain pedos has existed way before him.

    Guess because that is the only noteworthy thing?

  • Mr0303

    Because he was one and it’s a great distinction from other religious leaders.

  • Uncle Slick

    I’m Jewish and this is awesome.

  • Uncle Slick

    So because pedos existed before him, he isn’t one?

    The point people make when they call him a pedo, which he was, is that the Koran tells you that Muhammad was the perfect man, and that we’re all supposed to emulate him.

    He was a pedophile warmonger who stole from other religions to make his own.

  • VLOCKUP

    He is a pedophile and yet I heard only got one loli instead having several more. Makes me wonder.

    I don’t blame the guy. Lolis is the way of life. A taste known to men of culture.

    Death to fatbags and hags.

    I don’t know being warmonger can actually succeed on taking over a peninsula. Makes me wonder what he has it him. I don’t blame him being a warmonger when I read his history on how people treated him. Makes sense he retaliated. *shrugs*

  • VLOCKUP

    Greater distinction than the ones into little boys? *smirk*

  • VLOCKUP

    Yea, I don’t even know this game existed *shrugs*

    Too bad it doesn’t have half-naked chicks and lolis. No wasted money.

  • Uncle Slick

    OK.

  • Mr0303

    Who are you referring to?

  • FlameChocobo

    It really sucks that there are still countries where any religion, especially those that may be harmful to the society, is mandated instead of regulated.

  • VLOCKUP

    Ah, priests molesting boys actually. Not religious leaders so never mind.

  • Nalferd

    Then why SMT games are able to reach there? Logic.

  • Νικήτας Πολυπεπόνης

    And of course no Allah since muslims would threaten to murder the creators for “blasphemy”.