Indonesia blocks Valve, Epic Games and more for failing to comply with new regulations

Several major websites, including key games marketplace Steam, have been blocked in Indonesia after the companies behind them failed to register for new licensing rules.

Reuters reports the Southeast Asian nation released new rules in November 2020 that would give authorities more power to police content on the internet. This includes taking down content that is classed as unlawful or “disturbs public order”, and calling on platforms to share the data of certain users.

Companies needed to register by July 29, 2022 to show compliance with the new rules, with some – including Meta, Amazon, Google parent Alphabet – doing so in the final few days.

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