Malaysia move to ban Fight of Gods
God fighting game, Fight of Gods, has created extensive controversy in Malaysia with the government calling for a ban of the game.
Fight of Gods, published by PQube and developed by Digital Crafter, is a 2D fighting game that sees various deities fight each other; the deities in the game include Jesus, Buddha, Moses and Zeus.
According to an email from PQube, “the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission have called for a ban on the game [Fight of Gods] and asked for it to be disabled within 24 hours or face further actions.” PQube stated that they have received no communication from Malaysian officials regarding the move to ban Fight of Gods, but PQube has stated that there are “reports to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of God.”
Following the moves by the Malaysian government, PQube released the following statement on behalf of Digital Crafter and themselves.
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.
It will be interesting to see how all parties will handle this issue. It is worth noting that this is not the first time a god/deity focused game has run into trouble. In 2012 Hindu Leaders criticized the appearance of three Hindu gods in Hi-Rez Studios’ MOBA, SMITE.
To learn more about Fight of Gods, visit http://store.steampowered.com/app/612930/Fight_of_Gods/.
Author: Aaron Meehan
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