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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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    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]