World of Warcraft Blocked in Iran
Blizzard left Iranian World of Warcraft players out in the cold this week, as U.S. trade sanctions have meant that the world's most recognisable massively multiplayer role playing game can no longer be supported in the Islamic country.
A response from a Blizzard employee on the Battle.Net forum states that "...United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents in certain nations, including Iran."
Some gamers have claimed that in attempting to access World of Warcraft and other fantasy-based online games, they have been redirected to an error page, informing them that the connection as been blocked because the game spreads "superstition and mythology," suggesting the involvement of the Iranian government in the ban, although Blizzard's response was that they "cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian Government restricting games from its citizens."
The post goes on to state that the trade sanctions "prevent any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries "and that Blizzard will "happily lift these restrictions as soon as U.S. law allows."
Last updated: 14/05/2018 13:45:04