Indonesian Ministry of Communication Temporarily Blocks Steam, Epic Games, PayPal, Among Others

- 01 August 2022 12:31 WIB
The Director General of Informatics Applications, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan. (Photo/Keminfo).
The Director General of Informatics Applications, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan. (Photo/Keminfo).

JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) on July 29, 2022, blocked access to a range of online services for failing to comply with a new requirement related to content moderation laws.

The ten "Private Electronic System Providers" that were blocked include Epic Games, Amazon, Paypal, Yahoo!, Bing, Steam, Dota, CS GO, Battle Net, and Origin applications.

According to kominfo.go.id, the blocking was implemented because the 10 applications did not register with the private sector Electronic System Operator (PSE).

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The Director General of Informatics Applications (Aptika) of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, in a virtual press conference on Sunday, July 31, 2022 morning, apologized to gamers in Indonesia for the closure of game applications such as Epic Games, Steam, DOTA, Counter-Strike, to Origin.

However, Samuel said that Valve Corp. will soon register its platform as a private PSE. This means that platforms such as Steam, DOTA, and CS GO will soon be accessible again.

"Sorry, gamer friends, I am also a game player. Sorry for the time being, there are still problems and they are completing and committing to register immediately," said Semuel.

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Kominfo also temporarily blocked access to the PayPal page. Samuel said, Kominfo has given until Friday, August 5, 2022, or a maximum of five working days for PayPal users to transfer their funds to other platforms.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

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