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Indonesia banning game apps already hurt local esports growth

Last week, Indonesia was in the gaming world headlines for all the wrong reasons. Swift regulation with no grace period stated that: all tech companies have to register with Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo). A day later, bans started popping up to various applications such as Steam, Paypal, Epic Games and Yahoo.

In response, Steam, Paypal and Yahoo complied quickly and were unblocked, but plenty of tech companies (Epic Games, Origin, etc) failed to meet the deadline and are still banned. Games like FIFA and Fortnite are not legally accessible within the country as a result.

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