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Blizzard could apply for license to unblock games in Iran, says US Government

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The sanctions imposed by the US Government that blocked Blizzard Entertainment's games from being playable in Iran were not targeting video games, according to the US Treasury Department.

The sanctions imposed by the US Government that blocked Blizzard Entertainment's games from being playable in Iran were not targeting video games, according to the US Treasury Department.

Last week, Battle.net – the online service for games like Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 – was blocked in Iran for some users. It was later found that the block was a result of United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibiting Blizzard from doing business with certain nations, including Iran. The recent tightening of those laws affected players' ability to access the games from Iran.

Today, a US Treasury spokesperson, John Sullivan, said that Blizzard could apply for a license to exempt them from the sanction.

"Clearly the focus of our sanctions is not on video games," Sullivan said. "We would consider a license request from Blizzard Entertainment should they choose to apply for one."

We have reached out to Blizzard to find out if they will be applying for a license.