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World of Warcraft Now Unavailable in Iran

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Developer of World of Warcraft, Blizzard, has removed access to their title for residents in the country of Iran as a result of United State trade restrictions and economic sanction laws.

Last week, Iranian users logged on to the mass multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft, only to find that they no longer has access to their subscription-based account. Many users took to the Battle.NET support forums to complain to Blizzard about their issue, and to seek resolution.

After a few days, Blizzard finally responded, stating, “[We can tell you] that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran.”

The company took extra precautions this week to ensure that users who should not be permitted access would be now be restricted from the title. This was, of course, to make sure that Blizzard was complying with the laws.

Unfortunately for users who just recently paid their subscription, Blizzard also added, “This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries.”

Looks like Iranians are going to need to find a new MMO to play, one developed outside of the US.

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