Its strange days when politics arise in discussions of MMO players.
A recent article indicates that Iran is blocked from playing World of Warcraft due to policy, potentially from within the US and matched by policy within Iran. It’s backed by Blue Post confirmation.
Our team has been watching this thread closely, and we understand the desire for more information about this situation. Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens.
This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.
How on earth do the players in Iran feel about this?
Well I’d say they are pissed off, and I feel for them. If the same sanctions were established between Australia and America for some reason (perhaps we’re not forgiven for Australia the movie) then we’d suffer too with no actual avenue to resolve the dispute properly. It would be in the hands of the gods. They are also very relieved to hear that it’s finally a known problem, with the first poster in the Blizzard thread saying, “Finally, thank you GM“.
What can they do?
They can get a proxy/vpn solution and ignore the ban. Work around it and hope the accounts are not flagged somehow. Sure, that is paying extra to an external body just to play a game, but I think they have no other choices. I very much doubt that Blizzard will create a special version of WoW with all the meta-god-super-whatever removed, akin to the version of WoW dev’ed for China which has no undead.
- Blizzard Cuts Off World of Warcraft in Iran (escapistmagazine.com)
- World of Warcraft players in Iran hit by US sanctions (guardian.co.uk)
- US Sanctions Force Blizzard to Pull Games From Iran (kotaku.com)
- Blizzard Has Blocked Iran Access Due to U.S Law (thedroidguy.com)
- World of Warcraft Blocked in Iran (theepochtimes.com)
- Blizzard cites US trade restrictions for disconnecting Iranian players (joystiq.com)
- Game Politics (terranova.blogs.com)
- Game over: World of Warcraft developer Blizzard bans Iranian users over US sanctions (hangthebankers.com)