The computer games maker Blizzard has cut off all access to its game 'World of Warcraft' to Iran, as a result of US trade sanctions.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the news came via Blizzard's European Battle.net forums after hundreds of Iranian players found that they were no longer able to access the Warcraft game on-line.
Metro notes that the game maker, Blizzard, took the action after it was requested by the US government to comply with US economic sanctions and trade restrictions rules. The change in rules also meant that Blizzard was not required to issue any refunds to Iranian players who had credit remaining on their accounts.
A statement from Blizzard reads:
"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."
The statement goes on to say:
"We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows."
World of Warcraft is a multiplayer online role-playing game produced by Blizzard Entertainment. As of August 2012 the game had 9.1 million subscribers worldwide.