Indonesia blocks Steam, Origin, Epic Games Store and more

The new regulations in Indonesia have had a major effect on a lot of online companies such as Steam, Origin, etc.

Among them, in the realm of gaming, are storefronts such as Steam, Origin, and the Epic Games Store. Amazon and Paypal are other big companies included in the new bloc due to regulations.

These new regulations (via Niko Partners) were set up by Kominfo, the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. They demanded that companies operating in the country register with Kominfo by July 29 or face “a formal warning, monetary fine and termination of access”.

While that date has now passed, it is clear that a large number of companies have not complied and have therefore been granted access termination. There is no information if they received the other punishments listed.

However, it should be noted that this is by no means permanent. Businesses will need to register and comply with the newly established regulations and access will be restored to the country. Kominfo has already contacted the companies concerned to try to bring them into compliance and therefore reverse the blockage.

Indonesia is a massive source of revenue for the gaming industry with a market value of $1 billion and over 170 million users. It is clear that at least the game companies affected by this will work to make their services available again.

What do you think of this news? Are you someone who lives in Indonesia and has been affected by the sudden loss of access to places such as Steam, Origin or the Epic Games Store?

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