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Blizzard Has Blocked Iran Access Due to U.S Law

Sorry to all you Iranian customers, but Blizzard has blocked you from accessing World of Warcraft for one simple reason. The United States trade restrictions and economic sanctions prohibit it. Blizzard wasn’t specific if it was a entire BattleNet ban, but it presumably covers all of Blizzards various online services including their most recent Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2. I’m not sure if it applies to older titles or not.

“Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens,” Blizzard employee Lurdlespor said on the World of Warcraft forums.

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services.

“This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Sorry to our Iranian friends out there. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon so the gaming can continue! I guess politics is a bit more important than gaming, but that could be arguable. Has anyone in Iran been affected by this? Any idea why all of the sudden this is just now happening? As far as I know, this has been the law for a while now and a lot of companies have either not known about it or just aren’t abiding by it.

On the bright side, you guys can always look to China for a complete replica of the game since they tend to like making replica’s of successful U.S products like the iPhone.

Any thoughts?

source: Eurogamer