Multiple large gaming services including Steam have been blocked in Indonesia due to failings to comply with changes to registration requirements in the Southeast Asian country. Other game industry services affected include the likes of Epic Games, CS: GO, Origin, and Dota 2, as well as the likes of PayPal and Yahoo. The restrictions are not permanent, but will remain in place until the businesses agree to comply with the newly implemented laws.
Niko Partners reports that Kominfo, the Indonesian ministry of communication and information technology, has mandated that companies operating in Indonesia must register with Kominfo by July 29 or face a formal warning, a monetary fine, and access termination.
Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Discord, and Riot Games are among the names listed as registered on the Kominfo site. Both Microsoft Bing and Blizzards Battle.net were initially assumed to be not registered, but it appears that both businesses have been added to the list as of July 29, and some users in the country have reported that the services are still working for them.
Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners, says Kominfo has already reached out to [the affected] businesses to ensure compliance and reverse the block. He adds that he will provide additional updates when there is clarity from these platforms or the government on the next steps.
Ahmad responds to the request for registration with additional access. Developers will be required to provide the government access to their users' personal data, which may violate one's rights to data protection, although the publication does not provide further information on what this entails.
Indonesia is a key region for the video game industry, with a Kominfo report estimating a $1 billion videogame market with over 170 million users. It remains to be seen how this story will progress, and whether companies such as Valve will comply with the new regulations, but keep yourself updated with any major developments.
In a recent Labs experimental update, Valve has also introduced its own set of new restrictions, including a prohibition on text in Steam game artwork.