A country blocks its population's access to video game services: Epic, Steam, Nintendo impacted!

A country blocks its population’s access to video game services: Epic, Steam, Nintendo impacted!

Game News A country blocks its population’s access to video game services: Epic, Steam, Nintendo impacted!

The information 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 locked and they 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 carried out its threats and stopped the momentum of online platforms such as Paypal, Yahoo, Steam, Epic and Nintendo Switch Online. Concretely, these services have missed the deadline for bringing their services into compliance and have been locked. They had to register with the Indonesian government (in short, an administrative history) and will have to react very quickly if they do not wish to be locked down any longer. Other major platforms, such as Google, Meta, Facebook or even Amazon managed to register just in time to avoid this kind of disappointment.

Paypal gets a reprieve

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

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