One country is blocking its population’s access to video game services – Epic, Steam, Nintendo have had an impact!

One country is blocking its population's access to video game services - Epic, Steam, Nintendo have had an impact!

Game news One country is blocking its population’s access to video game services – Epic, Steam, Nintendo have had an impact!

The information was only recently leaked, 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 blocked and will have to comply with the new regulations if they want to see this ban lifted.

The rule is the same for everyone

Indonesia has implemented its threats and halted the momentum 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 have had to register with the Indonesian government (in short, an administrative story) and will have to react very quickly if they no longer want to be blocked. Other big platforms, like Google, Meta, Facebook or even Amazon, managed to sign up just in time to avoid this kind of disappointment.

Paypal gets a suspension

Suffice it to say that the Indonesian government does not laugh with punctuality! The latter approved in 2020 a law called MR5 which aims to protect its citizens from any content deemed illegal by the authorities. By relying on this new law, the government sees its control over online services strengthened and can therefore intervene to request the suspension, or even the cancellation of any content deemed threatening to public order. Paypal has seen its suspension momentarily interrupted, the time in which users can withdraw their money, but everyone, without exception, will have to comply with these new regulations. Regulation considered, among other things, draconian by various NGOs, including Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch. With 270 million inhabitants, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and is a colossal market for web and video game giants.

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