World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and othertitles dependent on the studio's Battle.net service are now 'offline' in Crimea following the United States' trade sanctions on the region.
Blizzard have been forced into switching off their services and informed affected gamers through an email. All subscriptions have been terminated, though they hope to "restore access" in the future.
The email sent to Crimean Battle.net users: "You are receiving this email because, in accordance with current trade regulations relating to the region of Crimea, we are legally required to suspend access to your Battle.net account. Any recurring subscription payment will be cancelled." "We are sincerely sorry that you’re being impacted in this way; if the situation changes, we will happily do our best to restore access to your account."
"We are sincerely sorry that you’re being impacted in this way; if the situation changes, we will happily do our best to restore access to your account."
With recent events in the Ukraine, Crimea is stuck in a weird state of limbo as Russia now claims the region as sovereign territory, yet the international community refuses to recognise the move, declaring it an 'illegal annexation'. Other major companies have now also started halting services in Crimea, such as Google, Apple and PayPal.
ended their operations, i.e. Steam, earlier this year.
US sanctions halt Blizzard's Battle.net services in Crimea region
09 April 2015 | 7 comments | By SimonPriest
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