Sad news for World of Warcraft players in Iran; recent adjustments to US trade sanctions have forced game makers Blizzard to cut off access to the country.
Blizzard posted a statement to its player forum shortly after Iranian players began complaining, saying they had lost access to the game. The statement bluntly stated the company had “tightened up its procedures, to comply with sanctions.”
This adjustment in sanctions also means Blizzard will not be issuing refunds or transfer of accounts to any of their customers in Iran.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.” Blizzard added in their statement.
Inconvenience?! As if the civilians of Iran don’t have it hard enough already, know they can’t even sit back with their favorite MMORPG.
It seems as though the US and Blizzard isn’t the only ones to blame here though. Reports have surfaces suggesting a wider governmental ban.
Players of WoW, and other games, said when they had tried to log in they had been redirected to a page saying the connection had been blocked because the games promoted “superstition and mythology.”
Blizzard commented saying it had no information about Iranian government involvement in online gaming.
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