Jakarta (ANTARA) - Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi has said that the government needs to take into account the affected ecosystem while deciding on blocking any online game.

Therefore, a thorough study is deemed necessary to make a decision.

The government is planning to summon the developers of online games, especially those that contain violent content, to share information about the impact of the games, Setiadi said in Depok, West Java, on Thursday.

"Maybe we will carry out a dissemination of information for them (developers), explaining the impact," he added.

He made the statement in response to a request to block online games containing violent content from organizations engaged in children's care.

Regarding compliance, he informed that registered online game developers in Indonesia are observing the rule of including the game rating, including for online games with violent content.

However, he assured that his ministry is continuing to coordinate for the appropriate study, including with Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, who is also serving as acting executive head of the National Game Industry Development Acceleration.

Earlier, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics was planning to meet with representatives from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) to seek inputs on responding to complaints against online games that contain violent content and can affect children negatively.

The discussion with the KPAI was part of the ministry's efforts to complete its study before making a decision to block the games.

"I want to discuss with the KPAI. I want to ask for input because we want the ecosystem to be healthy, that is why we have to carry out a study," Setiadi said at the office of the Communication and Informatics Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday (April 30, 2024).

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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