WoW, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Diablo III Blocked in Crimea
It is sad to see how the political situations in the world can impact things so remotely connected to them that you wonder why the heck!
For instance, after the events of Crimea, the Ukrainian region the United States put up massive sanctions on the region many companies have had to stop offering their services there.
The most direct impact of this on the gaming community has been the blockage of battle.net in Crimea. Yes, Blizzard Entertainment has cut off access to all their major IPs like Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft for the entire population of Crimea.
So the gamers in Crimea who are fans of the numerous Blizzard Entertainment IPs woke up to this message recently which bars them from playing some of the most popular games in the RTS, RPG and MOBA genres:
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.
It is really unfortunate that the gaming community in the region will not be able to take part in the community for what looks like an undefined period of time.
Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft are some of the largest IPs when it comes to the number of people playing them. From where I can see it is going to have a negative impact on the community as well as the company.
Let’s hope the situation can be rectified soon.