World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 Blocked by Blizzard in Crimea
As if the peninsula of Crimea in the southern Ukraine didn’t have a ton of problems already, players will no longer have access to the Battle.net service which houses just about all Blizzard games including Diablo 3, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and other titles, reports The Moscow Times. In response to US sanctions against Crimea, Blizzard — along with US-based companies Apple, Google, PayPal and Valve — has suspended its services to the region. Russian site Geektimes.ru published an email sent to Crimean Battle.net users, which reads (as translated):
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.
— Blizzard Entertainment
Back in December of 2014, the presidents of the United States, Barrack Obama, signed an executive order prohibiting the export of goods, technology or services to Crimea, paralleling similar sanctions from European nations. Currently, the country — Crimea — is in a state of uncertainty, drawn between Ukranian and Russian rule. As it stands, the battle over the country has increased political strain between the Western world and Russia.
[Source] Venture Beat