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Indonesian Government blocks Steam, Epic, Ubisoft and Nintendo

Indonesian Government blocks Steam, Epic, Ubisoft and Nintendo
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Over the weekend, Indonesia’s government launched a move to block any website or service that doesn’t register as part of new “internet surveillance” laws. It’s been a lot, including everything from Steam to the Epic Games Store to Nintendo Online to EA and Ubisoft platforms.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo) took the steps after introducing tough new laws, which the government says are part of a crackdown on any online service platform or anything that requires an online service that appears online and is “deemed illegal”. is part of any such “illegal” hosting provider content to delete within 24 hours (or four if considered “urgent”).

To comply with these laws, international companies operating in Indonesia had until the weekend to register, and unsurprisingly, many chose not to play, at least for now. In response, non-participating services have been blocked to Indonesian IPs, meaning a number of gaming platforms have also been cut, along with wider, more mainstream companies such as PayPal and Yahoo.

While PayPal has been temporarily reinstated (to allow customers to withdraw their funds from the platform), game stores and platforms have been in the dark since the weekend (the registration deadline for the new law expired on July 27).

ace Global Voices to concludethese laws have been challenged both within Indonesia and abroad since they were first promulgated:

Mandatory registration of private electronic system operators (ESOs) is provided for in Ministerial Regulation No. 5 (MR5) published in December 2020. Its amended version, Ministerial Regulation 10 (MR10), was issued in May 2021.

Both MR5 and MR10 have been consistently opposed by the media, civil society groups and human rights defenders for containing provisions that threaten freedom of expression.

Human Rights Watch there is said about laws:

MR5 is very problematic, giving government agencies far too broad powers to regulate online content, access user data and punish companies that don’t comply… Ministerial Regulation 5 is a human rights disaster that will destroy freedom of expression in Indonesia. can be used in its current form.

While this is not a market that usually makes the headlines, it is important news because with its large population (the fourth most populous country on Earth at 270 million), Indonesia big online services market. ace Diplomat note“Indonesia remains one of the world’s largest internet markets, with the third largest number of Facebook users and also in the top 10 for YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp users.”

There are currently no affected services is prohibited; they are technically restricted until they join Cominfo or until the law is changed (or repealed). Some companies that there is Registration includes Google, Roblox and Riot Games (League of Legends, Evaluation). Although direct access to services such as Steam is not currently available, Indonesian players are already reported to be around it Using a VPN.

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