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The country is blocking the access of its population to video game services: Epic, Steam, Nintendo are affected!

Game news The country is blocking the access of its population to video game services: Epic, Steam, Nintendo are affected!

Published on 01.08.2022 at 11:01

The information was leaked just recently, but over the weekend, one country began blocking access to any site or service outside of its new laws. In addition to Paypal, Steam, Epic or Nintendo Switch Online have just been banned and will have to comply with the new rules if they want this ban lifted.

One rule for all

Indonesia carried out its threats and stopped the development of online platforms such as Paypal, Yahoo, Steam, Epic and Nintendo Switch Online. Specifically, these services missed the deadline to bring their services into compliance and were blocked. They had to register with the Indonesian government (administrative history in short) and they would have to react very quickly if they didn’t want to stay in isolation any longer. Other major platforms such as Google, Meta, Facebook, or even Amazon managed to sign up just in time to avoid a similar disappointment.

Paypal gets a reprieve

Suffice it to say that the Indonesian government does not laugh at punctuality! The latter passed a law in 2020 called MR5, which aims to protect its citizens from any content deemed illegal by the authorities. Building on this new law, the government sees its control over online services tightening, and as such, it may intervene to demand the suspension or even removal of any content deemed threatening to public order. The PayPal suspension has been temporarily interrupted, a time when users can withdraw their money, but everyone, without exception, will have to comply with these new rules. The ruling, by the way, was considered draconian by several NGOs, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch. With a population of 270 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and represents a huge market for the web and video game giants.

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