Blizzard: US, Not Iran Blocking Access To Battle.net
It was reported earlier that Iranian users are being denied access to battle.net. For some reason everyone freaked out about it, even though it should have caused some confusion because Iranians are famously not able to access most western sites. Not only because of their own theocracy’s policies, but because of sanctions in place by the US that forbids companies based in the US from doing business in Iran. However, some Iranians were bypassing this restriction using virtual networks, a practice that has now been ended.
So how come? Well, according to Blizzard it isn’t due to any action by Iran’s government. In a battle.net post complaining about the block, a Blizzard employee provided this explanation to one unhappy user:
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.
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.
Ouch. It sucks that the US and Iran have been hating one another for 30 years, and it sucks even more that regular Iranians have to bear the punishment for it. Especially the refund thing, because Blizzard isn’t lying: even giving a refund could put them in violation of the law. Which is stupid.