Indonesia banned Epic Games, Steam, and PayPal earlier today without any prior notice. The news has made several users disappointed.
Numerous users are upset that Indonesia decided to ban Epic Games, Steam, and PayPal. The government’s decision was based on an official ruling involving businesses providing IT services and conducting business within the country. However, it has caused numerous complaints and disappointments on social media.
Why Indonesia banned multiple companies
According to a recent ruling by the government, companies providing tech services and doing business within the country had to register in government data with Kominfo.The government banned the companies that failed to register with Kominfo within the given time.
Kominfo stands for Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika, which is the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in Indonesia.
Google, YouTube, Valorant, PUBG Mobile, and Mobile Legends successfully registered with Kominfo, and hence, were not banned. However, Epic Games, Steam, Battle.net, Origin, DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PayPal, Yahoo, Bing, and many other companies were not registered by the 29th of July. Failure to register would result in a formal warning, a monetary fine, and access termination.
Players are not able to open the games they have already downloaded because of the ban. Screenshots of error messages indicating an inability to connect to the game servers have been circulated online.
Players have expressed their disappointment with Kominfo’s choice. Many people have been posting workarounds for the prohibition, including VPNs. Others have noted that this rule is simply a tactic by the government to increase its grip over the area and generate revenue.
The Indonesian Game Association’s response
The Indonesian Game Association responded to the ban issue on their official Twitter handle. The response reads, “Unfortunately, 6 of the 10 most popular SE’s who haven’t registered are from the video game field. These SE-SE include Steam, Dota 2, CS:GO (Valve Corporation), Epic Games (Epic Games, Inc), and Origin (Electronic Arts). Therefore, KOMINFO has cut off access to these SEs by KOMINFO since July 29, 2022 at 23.59.”
Further it continues,”The termination of access is not permanent, and will be able to be reused by the Indonesian people as before after the affected SE has been registered. Currently, KOMINFO is actively communicating with the affected PSEs and will be followed up after the PSE registers.”
As of now, no one knows how long the ban will last. The companies will try to register and lift the ban by Indonesia as soon as possible. We have to wait for an announcement by these companies or the government for any further notice. For more updates and the latest news, follow our Instagram page and stay tuned to our website.