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US Sanctions Block World of Warcraft in Iran

25 Aug 2012  by   Paul Younger
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A couple of days ago we reported that Blizzard players in Iran were unable to connect to the BattleNet service for World of Warcraft. According to Blizzard who have looked into this further, the blocking is because of US sanctions against Iran.

A further post from Blizzard today explains the situation:

Our team has been watching this thread closely, and we understand the desire for more information about this situation. Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens.

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.

Whether the the Iranian government issued their ban on a plethora of titles on the back of these sanctions is unclear, but it looks like Iranian gamers are out of luck.

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  1. arash

    I decided to buy Blizzard’s game after reading agreements between that company and customers. They had recognized Iranian to buy and play their games directly in section about parental control in Iran and other countries. In that section clearly mentioned that they put parental control for Iran, … . Even later they ASKED ME TO SEND DIGITAL COPY OF MY passport to remove parental control . I sent and they removed it. All these happened recently and clearly shows they knew that they are selling games to Iranian players.
    1- There is no law from US governor about not presenting game services to other countries. Even US governor wants to do this, they must respect to previous agreements and not include them. In this case, as much as I know, there is not such law in US.2- Blizzard claims: “United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,”This as LIE. All trade restrictions are about military and Nuclear materials and equipments, Highly advanced technologies and similars (or financial activities related to mentioned topics). MAYBE BLIZZARD MANAGERS THINK THEIR GAMES ARE HIGHLY ADVANCED AND MAY USE FOR MAKING NUCLEAR BOMBS.3- If they have laws not to trade with Iranian players, why they sold in first place and later recognized our Iranian passport? They must didn’t accept our membership in first log in ( IP shows country source)or when we sent copy of our digital passports.. But hey have waited several months till everyone buy their game and now don’t want to pay for servicing.
    In fact, I think Blizzard is abusing from opportunity to economize it’s charges. It depends on us how to react to this. I think if anyone, specially people who live in western countries can accuse that company to the court: 1- Fraudulence, with this reason that they knowingly sold their product.2- enkindle to phyletic and religious hatred.
    3- Blabbing and revealing true nature of this company in media such as TVs, face book, Twitter, and …
    Anything else that you may find.
    Footnote: Every one must know that we haven’t played those games via virtual network or vpn and .. . We legally had played until now via direct Internet connection, from Iran to Battle,net. This a lie that we had played via vpn and … to absolve themselves from responsibility of knowingly selling games.

    August 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

  2. Renox

    They are also blocking japan, I’m happy I didn’t keep my sub up, you know having a sub, not being able to play or unsub… I think they are just a bunch of fucks who just want to steal the usual way…

    September 9, 2012 at 2:54 am

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