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Iranian gamers banned from World of Warcraft

US-led sanctions due to Iran's nuclear programmes sees gaming enthusiasts locked out

Iranian gamers banned from World of Warcraft

Blizzard Activision, the
US company behind multiplayer online video game World of Warcraft,
has banned Iranians from accessing the service in order to comply with US
trade sanctions.

Over the past week, Iranian
players have taken to the company’s message board with complaints after not being able
to access the game, resulting in Blizzard posting a statement clarifying the situation

"United States trade restrictions
and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents
of certain nations, including Iran," it read.

"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

The statement added that Iranian players will not be receiving refunds, again due to sanctions.

It is not clear how many players were
affected by the ban. But, according to Blizzard’s public relations director Rob
Hilburger, the Iranian market compromised only “a tiny fraction” of worldwide

The franchise, which dates back to
1994, has more than 9m subscribers worldwide.

Both the US and European Union have introduced sanctions against Iran over the Islamic Republic's disputed uranium enrichment programme, which Iran insists is civilian, but the West suspects aims to develop a nuclear weapon.

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langyaw 8 years ago

Blizzard just choked on a lizard. :(
a game is included in the sanctions? come on, guys. and if you wanted to pull the plug on this, at least have the decency to return their money, for goodness' sakes.