Blizzard Cuts Off Iranian Access to World of Warcraft
US trade sanctions have led game maker Blizzard to cut off access to World of Warcraft (Wow) in Iran.
Blizzard posted a statement to its player-forum site after hundreds of Iranian players said they had lost access to the game.
Access was lost recently, it said, because it had “tightened up its procedures” to comply with sanctions.
This also meant, said Blizzard, that it could not give refunds to players or transfer their accounts.
The problem for Iranians came to light late last week as hundreds of players in the country posted messages to Blizzard’s European battle.net forums complaining they could no longer access the game.
Many of those posting messages said they could not connect directly to World of Warcraft but could get access when they used a proxy server outside Iran.