Political Sanctions Lead to WoW Block in Iran

WoW Iran

Who knew one of the casualties of international tension could be an MMO? World of Warcraft has been blocked to all Iranian users, due to changing US trade sanctions between the US and the Middle Eastern country.

For the past week, Iranian WoW players have been trying to get an answer out of Blizzard about why they can't access their accounts and characters. The publishing giant hasn't addressed these concerns directly, but said in a statement that: "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."

Skirting a little closer to the problem, though still remaining a little vague, it continued: "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."

Unfortunately for anyone that paid for several months up front, the sanctions also prevent Blizzard from issuing any refunds to customers of sanctioned nations.

Not much Blizzard can do with this one, but an interesting result nonetheless. Nobody would have predicted a few decades ago that in the 21st century, we'd be withholding video games from countries due to official government trade sanctions.

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i'm iranian too.have to say,

i'm iranian too.have to say, it's not like we paypanies do not release their games here, and it's too expensive for us anyway. as for the the online games,internet is so rusty that most gamers don't even bother trying the online thing.


I will pay 5000$ for ^ guy to be killed, post a picture of his his head separated from his torso, along with email for payment. Need less douchebags like him in the world.

funny guy!!!

yes..... i will use wall hack to see through the walls and use speed hack to catch up with him and aim bot to shoot him dead!! i will just re spawn if he shoot me dead or admin kick me!!! that is what i will do in real life!! lol


"Unfortunately for anyone that paid for several months up front, the sanctions also prevent Blizzard from issuing any refunds to customers of sanctioned nations." We know we're on the right side when we read ***** like this..


you must've never used a VPN, a true VPN connection runs at a maximum speed of a 56k dialup modem. Maybe running a proxy would work, a single relay would at least spoof location, but still cause some lag. When it comes to multiplayer gaming, even that bit of lag would be much.

no place like earth

So now the goverment whants to drag gamers into this american/israle vs iran bullshit. They can go f off.who do these peole think they are. They treat us all like slaves while they live like kings and queens. Who do these goverment represnt these days i know it aint us the people. They can just **** off and stop f ing up every thing you lay your hands on.

I thought when it would come to this.

How many exactly cares? Some 2% of humanity when other 98% is busy to do things what will not "helping earth become better place". Only thing what might happen soon is "nukes flying". But again, "how many exactly cares" if nukes start flying... Exactly!


i am so irani people an exactly couldn't know what did you say?iranian people can't go to FB and cheathappen and many other site the called filter

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