Alex Ritman | August 29, 2012
If you’re a World of Warcraft fan in Iran, you’ve probably already noticed that your (pixelated) world has come crashing down around you. After complaints from players in the country claiming they couldn’t access the hugely popular online role-player’s servers, the game’s publisher Activision Blizzard finally admitted that it was complying with US trade sanctions.
“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,” it said in a statement.
“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.”
Unfortunately, not only has the WoW plug been pulled for Iranian level 16 Paladins, but Activision Blizzard said it wouldn’t be offering gamers any refunds due to the terms of the US trade sanction.
Let’s just hope nobody had any big raids on a goblin dungeon planned.