When gamers are caught in the crossfire of international politics, bad things can happen.
Due to US sanctions against Russia, World of Warcraft and Diablo III service to the Crimea region was suspended yesterday. Blizzard said that it did not have a choice in the matter: “In accordance with current trade regulations relating to the region of Crimea, we are legally required to suspend access to your Battle.net account. All current subscriptions will be canceled.”
Blizzard is the latest company that has had to rescind business with the region due to sanctions, following others such as Apple and Amazon. Economic sanctions against the peninsula were levied by President Obama in December 2014.[Source: The Moscow Times]