League of Legends is blocked in Iran and Syria due to US embargo laws

    
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The politics of the real world have impeded the possible solace or distraction of a video game. It appears that League of Legends players who reside in either Iran or Syria are being blocked from accessing their MOBA of choice thanks to embargo laws imposed by the United States.

An Iranian player has posted a message and a related image on the game’s official forums alerting folks to the issue, with other Iranian players reporting seeing a similar message in the thread’s replies. The image itself explains that “US laws and regulations” have forced Riot to block the game in the country. Reportedly, players in Syria are also seeing the same message due to the country’s close allegiance to Iran, though no Syrian players has officially chimed in.

The United States announced its intentions to impose additional sanctions on Iran starting today as tensions between the two nations escalate. Riot is yet to officially issue a statement, and players in the region are suggested to attempt playing the game with VPNs in the meantime.

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rosieposie

I guess this was the proportionate response the Orange Man spoke about.

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Arthen Wolfsbane

Wonder how long it will take for the USA to bully gaming companies in the EU into blocking games in Syria and Iran in the way its doing with other EU based companies trading with Iran . What a lovely ally we have :P

At least the people in those countries can get around such a ban with a VPN I guess , shame the same can’t be said about other goods .

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Hikari Kenzaki

This isn’t really news, beyond that a game company is actually complying with existing US law. If a country is under OFAC or other sanctions, it’s illegal for a US company to do business with persons in that country. Period.
Exceptions for certain industries can be made, but Riot wouldn’t qualify even if they wanted to. So really, this is just them covering themselves from prosecution.

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xpsync

Oh man that’s gotta suck for… ummm the children? Proved your point now let the kids have their game back as they prolly already using vpn anyway and haven’t even missed a beat.

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camren_rooke

At least it wasn’t bombs.

:/

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Bruno Brito

Ouch.

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Eliandal

Way to put the screws to those evil (non gaming now) people! This will not work the way the government thinks it will! ( the evil part was entirely in jest!)