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Tuesday, August 28

Iranians banned from playing World of Warcraft


Stuff reports that "Iranian players of "World of Warcraft,"; the massively popular online multiplayer franchise, have found themselves frozen out by Blizzard Activision Inc., the American company behind the game. Iranian role playing enthusiasts have spent much of the past week peppering Blizzard's message board with complaints about how they weren't able to log on to the service only to be told recently that US law was to blame."

"United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran," the company said in an email sent to players last week and forwarded to The Associated Press late on Tuesday.

"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."

That's pretty random.... I wonder how Xbox Live works in that regard. Any Iranians out their playing Halo? What about Cuba? Can Cubans play Gears of War?

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