Steam was temporarily blocked in Indonesia, but has now been restored along with several other online services.
As first reported by Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners on August 2, Steam had sadly been banned in Indonesia by Kominfo, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. It turns out that this was because Valve had not registered with Kominfo before the imposed deadline and was now subject to being blocked for all Indonesian users.
The good news is that Valve has signed up for Kominfo and Steam is now officially unlocked and accessible in Indonesia. However, the Epic Games Store/Services and EA’s Origin still remained blocked and there is no official confirmation on whether they plan to sign up yet. https://t.co/0BwK16HpzlAugust 2, 2022
However, the blocklist didn’t stop at Valve. The Epic Games Store and EA’s Origin client were also blocked across the country, as were PayPal and Yahoo. All of these companies, like Valve, had not registered with the Indonesian government and were subject to the outright ban.
The good news is that now Steam, PayPal and Yahoo have been restored in Indonesia. Thanks to Valve and the company now registering with Kominfo and the Indonesian government, their services have finally been unlocked and normal service can resume for PC gamers across the country.
In fact, Kominfo apologized to the Indonesians for blocking Valve and Steam. According to Tech Ship (opens in a new tab)Kominfo director Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan said he felt players’ frustration and sympathized with them, in part because he also likes a video game or two (apparently he’s an avid fan of golf games).
Unfortunately, the Epic Games Store and EA’s Origin remain blocked in Indonesia at the time of this writing. According to Ahmad, there’s no word from Epic or EA on whether they plan to sign up for Kominfo, so there’s no telling how long the bans might last for both companies.
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