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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