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WoW and Battle.net service pulled from Iran due to US sanctions – Blizzard

Saturday, 25 August 2012 15:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard issued a response regarding the inability to access Battle.net or World of Warcraft servers from Iran. According to the post, the issue stems from applied US sanctions instead of government bans on specific content – although the latter is still true as well.

“United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,” reads the post. “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.”

WoW isn’t technically available in Iran, but those who play the game in the country use virtual private networks in order to access the game. While this is against Blizzard’s terms of service, as has been noted before, it happens in other places as well and not just for playing World of Warcraft.

Other titles which seem to have been taken offline in Iran include Guild Wars, RuneScape, Second Life, Dofus, Evony and Entropia Universe.

Blizzard apologized to those affected by the service being cutoff, and said it “will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Thanks for the head up, and sorry: GwynbleiddiuM.

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25 Comments

  1. unacomn

    I like how that in no way antagonize anyone.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. M3HDI

    i dont know what to say!! i played game for hours and hours…..spent money on it and now it’s all nothing!! U.S always says we dont punish people and these embargo’s r for gov’s now this affected me as a citizen that has nothing to do with some stupid politician decission’s
    dont even know to blame which side :(

    #2 3 years ago
  3. jonahfalcon

    Once again, you can thank the real-money auction house for screwing everything up for people.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Behzad

    What sin of Iranian people?
    Why does America allow this done to us?
    I just want to play WoW & Diablo and another games..I just want to play Video Games…..

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @3 Actually you had to pay for both of those games before the real money auction house.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Ghasem

    من واقعا متاسفم برای کشور شما و کشور خودم ،که برای مقاصد سیاسی از فکر کردن به اینکه در کشور ما هم گیمرهایی هستند که دیابلو و.. بازی میکنند.سر باز میزنند!…
    Im Really Sorry for my and your country.these are don’t even think that the gamers in iran playing these game with a unutterable happiness …
    Im Sorry Again…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    Considering tomorrow is Sunday , we can expect 50+ comments.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ghasem

    @#7
    of course you do…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    You know if our govs could get the hell out of the way, I bet a lot of people between several nations would be able to build a bridge and friendships would start. But the govs better becareful, that might actualy lead to real peace someday.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    Yeah, anarchy has always been synonymous with peace.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. arash2012

    I decided to buy Blizzard’s game after reading agreements between that company and customers. They had recognized Iranian to buy and play their games directly in section about parental control in Iran and other countries. In that section clearly mentioned that they put parental control for Iran, … .
    Even later they ASKED ME TO SEND DIGITAL COPY OF MY passport to remove parental control . I sent and they removed it.
    All these happened recently and clearly shows they knew that they are selling games to Iranian players.

    1- There is no law from US governor about not presenting game services to other countries. Even US governor wants to do this, they must respect to previous agreements and not include them. In this case, as much as I know, there is not such law in US.
    2- Blizzard claims: “United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,”
    This as LIE. All trade restrictions are about military and Nuclear materials and equipments, Highly advanced technologies and similars (or financial activities related to mentioned topics). MAYBE BLIZZARD MANAGERS THINK THEIR GAMES ARE HIGHLY ADVANCED AND MAY USE FOR MAKING NUCLEAR BOMBS.
    3- If they have laws not to trade with Iranian players, why they sold in first place and later recognized our Iranian passport? They must didn’t accept our membership in first log in ( IP shows country source)or when we sent copy of our digital passports.. But hey have waited several months till everyone buy their game and now don’t want to pay for servicing.

    In fact, I think Blizzard is abusing from opportunity to economize it’s charges.
    It depends on us how to react to this. I think if anyone, specially people who live in western countries can accuse that company to the court:
    1- Fraudulence, with this reason that they knowingly sold their product.
    2- enkindle to phyletic and religious hatred.

    3- Blabbing and revealing true nature of this company in media such as TVs, face book, Twitter, and …

    Anything else that you may find.

    Footnote: Every one must know that we haven’t played those games via virtual network or vpn and .. . We legally had played until now via direct Internet connection, from Iran to Battle,net. This a lie that we had played via vpn and … to absolve themselves from responsibility of knowingly selling games.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Uncontested

    Lol at the so called Iranian spammers. Go away haji.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    DSB, my friend you need to see more then just the literal meaning of things. I was never saying the govs should abolish. Just that most the worlds troubles, imo, can be boiled down to govs, money, and religion. And from my observation Govs often exert control over the other two.

    In many cases I bet the people of nations could find common otherwise.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    It’s not that I disagree, but I think you can just bundle it up into “people”.

    People want wealth. People want government. People want religion.

    I don’t think religion really serves a purpose, beyond suspending peoples common sense in favor of a more convenient and less intelligent alternative, to actually figuring out life on your own, and money is purely a tool of government, but government itself has obvious advantages.

    300-1000 years ago, governments were extremely weak, which made them largely incapable of stopping things like invasions. Half of Asia along with half of Europe could be sacked by whoever had the biggest army, from Greece to Persia to Rome to Mongolia to France, because no one was organized enough to stop them, and they only stopped once they extended themselves to the point of halting their own offensive.

    Fast forward to 1980, and neither the Soviet Union, the US or China would be able to conquer very much on their own. I think that’s progress.

    Personally I’ll take an imperfect government full of people I don’t much like, over having my house burnt, my wife raped, and my head put on a stick.

    I don’t see why people can’t bond together in spite of politics though. I dislike a lot of things about how the US is run, but I still think the people are great. Ultimately it’s down to you and me how we choose to behave.

    Kinda like the argument I had with Manu, it’s easy enough to overlook a bunch of factors if you want to make something look uniquely negative, but it won’t be the whole story.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    So we fix human nature, then we get rid of governments, money, and religion. It’ll likely happen at some point, and it needs to, as most governments cause as many issues as they solve.

    I feel bad for the people who bought annual passes and the likes, though, as this has to bite for them. You know, flag waving is fine and dandy if you like doing that, but it still means that a lot of people are left out. All because of bureaucracy. The everyday person isn’t responsible for the actions of their government or any other, and they even have very little control over who is actually in power. And yet most people get stiffed by governments, and I’d say things are going from worse to worse.

    In the UK for example you have a bunch of suit-encrusted rich boys trying to dismantle the NHS, and that’s not going to do any good for anyone. That just shows how much worse things are getting, because the NHS was always a symbol of the sanity of the UK gov’t. And we can wave bye bye to that with the way things are going.

    So I’m with OlderGamer in thinking that governments need to be smaller and decentralised, and then eventually eradicated. Maybe we do need to fix human nature, first, but if it means that we can get rid of governments, then that’s worth tinkering with.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    People like Dsb want a little reality of their own. A hypocritical, soulless, ugly.. but one of their own, where they can enjoy visions produced by modern mind which bases it’s existence on Google and Newton laws.

    People who have no country and no God are no longer called like that these days, instead they’re progressive, modern individuals who ‘re always eager to discover new.

    Very surprising.

    Anyway, my shitty country doesn’t allow me to drive a Porshe around simultaneously playing Postal while I’m on coke. Silly censors, I’m leaving. Freedom or nothing.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    That makes a lot of sense.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Da Man

    Dsb, I ‘m more than sure it doesn’t make any sense to a person who finds your posts logical..

    Not with your 3 classes of education and a Steven King book..

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    Couldn’t be clearer, actually :P

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Da Man

    Glad we understand each other.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    Indeed. And a good day to you, ser!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Da Man

    xoxo

    (as usual)

    Best regards.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    BINGO

    Steven King book won.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. arsalan irani

    I’m sorry for the America., We Iranians do not have a problem with any country, and we love all countrys . Iranians love the game but I do not know what we should have done so suffer.It’s really ugly and nasty.

    Dedicated to the people of Iran.

    ارسلان ایرانی-arsalan irani

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Kabby

    Pre-emptive supply block to prevent the Ghost Academy from being built.

    #25 3 years ago

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  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]