“Disable the download”: Fight of Gods offends Malaysian ministers [UPDATED]

By on September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am
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Fight of Gods recently updated with brand new characters — none other than Jesus and Buddha themselves. The divine brawler has been attracting some attention, whether it’s through a Jesus infinite combo or its controversial character depictions. Whether you approve of this gospel or brush it off as a quirky fighting game, the game has picked up some negative attention in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission is going after the divine brawler, citing a violation of the Communications and Multimedia Act of 1998, Section 233, which penalizes knowingly “making, creating, or soliciting any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person.”

“Malaysians respect all cultural and religious sensitivities, and the sale and distribution of the religiously insensitive and blasphemous games must be stopped immediately,” according to Salleh Said Keruak, Communications and Multimedia Minister.

In less complex lingo, they find Fight of Gods to be offensive, degrading to religious harmony, and threatening to racial unity, Malaysia Kini reports.

“It is in the public interest to ensure that immediate steps are taken so that such contents do not continue to harm others,” Keruak went on to say, stating that further action will be taken should the Taiwanese creators of Fight of Gods, Digital Crafter, not comply with the demand.

“Censorship!” you might cry? The very same act also states that “nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet.” The law gives Ministers power in determining what kind of content they deem offensive.

[UPDATE: Apparently blocking the entire Steam platform is the course of action they chose to take.]

Sources: Malaysia Kini; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.