US trade sanctions have meant that Blizzard has had to cut Iranian access to Battle.net and World Of Warcraft, with hundreds of fans complaining they can no longer play the game.

Blizzard last night cut access to Battle.net in Iran, effectively making it impossible for anyone in the country to play any of their games – including World Of Warcraft and Diablo III.

Iranian fans initially assumed it was just technical problems or possibly the Iranian government that was blocking the game, until Blizzard issued the following statement on their official forums:
‘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.’

Gamers in Iran have also been complaining that access to other online titles, such as the recently launched Guild Wars 2 have also been blocked – even though they have nothing to do with Blizzard.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that the Iranian government has banned a video game, with Battlefield 3 being one of the most recent high profile victims – although that did feature a US lead invasion of Iran.
Ref : http://www.metro.co.uk