Battle.net Blocked in Iran

Access lost to Diablo III and other Blizzard games

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A lengthy thread was started last week in the EU Tech Support forums for World of Warcraft, detailing the sudden difficulty of players in Iran to connect to any Battle.net services. These include all Blizzard online games such as Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft II.

At first, there were discussions regarding a crackdown from the Iranian government on certain video games. It now appears from multiple statements from Blizzard themselves that they have blocked access to comply with United States laws regarding trade with people in certain nations.

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One official response from Blizzard comes in a news article on the issue at Polygon News. On Friday, August 24 Blizzard PR provided the following statement about the restriction of Battle.net in Iran:

We can't speak to reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens. What we do know is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. We've recently tightened up our procedures to ensure compliance with those laws, which means we must restrict access to our games by players in those nations.


Beyond that, an official blue post by Blizzard employee Lurdlespor in that EU Support Forum thread makes much the same information:

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.

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. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. 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.

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.

Given the long-standing tensions between the United States and Iranian governments, it appears that gamers in Iran will likely not have full access to Blizzard games for the foreseeable future.
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