No More World of Warcraft for Iran
Blizzard shuts down game to comply with sanctions
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2012 8:36 AM CDT
This file image from the game "World of Warcraft" was provided by its publisher, Blizzard Entertainment.   (AP Photo/Blizzard Entertainment, file)

(Newser) – How punishing are US sanctions on Iran? Ask the nation's nerds, many of whom have now been cut off from their drug of choice: World of Warcraft. Last week Iranian players discovered they suddenly couldn't access the popular MMO, the Guardian reports. Blizzard eventually revealed, in a battle.net post, that it had "tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance" with US sanction laws. It also noted that sanctions prevent it from offering credits or refunds to users. Some were furious. "Blizzard had full knowledge this was going to happen," one user posted, but "they continued to accept subscriptions."

Before that, many had speculated that the regime was censoring the game. One user posted an image of a government pamphlet decrying the game for its "promotion of superstition and mythology" and "promotion of violence due to too much violence." The user told the Verge that he is a freelance journalist who got the pamphlet at a media conference for the founding for the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community.

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mikech
Aug 29, 2012 7:16 PM CDT
They should be purchasing Guild Wars 2. It puts WOW to shame.
LoginsSuck
Aug 29, 2012 11:02 AM CDT
Want an uprising Iran? Now you got one. Never underestimate the seriousness of angry WoW nerds who are suffering withdrawal shakes from their WoW addiction.You crashed their fantasy world, payback is due. Level 98 warlocks with spellcasting and level 80 paladin's are nothing to mess with.
tran_tor
Aug 29, 2012 10:30 AM CDT
Communications through gaming platforms are terrorists preferred discussion venues anymore.