Enemy territory was banned in Germany

The 2003 open-source multiplayer game, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, appears to have been quietly hit with a Steam ban in Germany.

Despite its almost 20 years, Wolfenstein: enemy territory continues to be an active game on Steam, with multiple servers hosting Activision’s free-to-play open-source multiplayer shooter and Splash Damage. The servers are still regularly available for players to hop on and enjoy, whether they live in the United States, France, Poland, and several other countries. However, it looks like this won’t be the case in Germany in the future, as the game seems to have been quietly hit with a ban.

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Wolfenstein: enemy territory, as mentioned above, is an open-source multiplayer title originally released in 2003 by previous series publisher Activision and developer Splash Damage. The game was originally planned to serve as an expansion for the years 2001 Return to Castle Wolfenstein before getting a standalone version as a multiplayer-only game. A single-player option was also planned, but development issues led Splash Damage to focus development time and resources on multiplayer.

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The German Steam market ban was intercepted by Reddit user LongJonSiIver, who posted screenshots taken from SteamDB on the leaks and rumors subreddit. LongJonSiIver’s screenshots show Germany is listed as restricted, meaning players can’t purchase Wolfenstein: enemy territory from the country’s Steam store. This is a change that hit the game in April 2022. However, as of this writing, there have been no updates regarding the game’s outright ban on Steam in Germany. , as it would still be available on the Splash Damage Steam page.


While some players may be caught off guard by the ban, it’s also not entirely surprising given Wolfenstein‘s history with Germany’s censorship laws around Nazi imagery. Nazi censorship laws were passed in the years following World War II as Germany, like the rest of Europe, was recovering from Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party’s reign of terror. The country’s laws prohibit the dissemination and sharing of Nazi imagery, such as the swastika or the wearing of Nazi uniforms, and treats any attempt to do so as hate speech.

These laws have been something WolfensteinThe various developers of had to work around since the Nazis are the main antagonists and therefore Nazi imagery is prevalent. Machinegames 2014 reboot, Wolfenstein: The New Order, had to remove Hitler’s mustache and swastikas from the game before it could be approved for sale in Germany. However, 2019 Wolfenstein: Youngblood did not have to undergo any changes thanks to changes in German laws in 2018, allowing the use of Nazi imagery for educational or artistic purposes.


Wolfenstein: enemy territory is currently available on Steam for players outside of Germany.

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