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US blocks League of Legends in Iran and Syria

By midian182 · 9 replies
Jun 24, 2019
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  1. After the US blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers earlier this month, which it denies, the country shot down a US surveillance drone last week. Iran says the UAV was flying over its territory, though the US claims it was in international airspace.

    While Donald Trump said he called off airstrikes against Iran at the last minute on Friday, the president looks set to impose major new sanctions on the country today.

    As reported by Dot Esports, League of Legends players in Iran and Syria are already feeling the effects of US sanctions. They are being met with the following message when trying to log in: “Due to US laws and regulations, players in your country cannot access League of Legends at this time. Such restrictions are subject to change by the US government, so if and when that happens, we will look forward to having you back on the rift.”

    It appears League of Legends’ US developer Riot Games is adhering to the sanctions. The company has yet to comment on the matter.

    As with most online bans and restrictions, people are using VPNs to play League of Legends in Iran and Syria, though their expense in these regions and the high pings they cause mean they’re not an ideal solution.

    Origin and the Epic Games store are two other US platforms not available in Iran due to embargoes and sanction laws, while the country has previously blocked Pokémon Go and Clash of Clans.

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  2. Reallyhow

    Reallyhow TS Rookie

    Lo and behold, another instance of America bullying the citizens of nations that they keep trying to start a war with.
    meric, mcborge, MaitieS and 2 others like this.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    LOL...you call cutting off game play "bullying citizens," huh. That's pretty hilarious. And trying to start a war? If the U.S. wanted a war with Iran, it would have already happened. Always entertaining to read conspiracy theorists posts.

    Back to the technology side of it, the U.S. did more than block this game:

    p51d007 and ShagnWagn like this.
  4. Reallyhow

    Reallyhow TS Rookie

    The accuracy of your avatar is glorious.

    And to be honest, they need to report accurately. America resorting to cyber-terrorism as they're busy playing the victim.
    mcborge, Omid Matin, MaitieS and 2 others like this.
  5. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,938   +1,487

    League of Legends is so **** they're doing them a favour.
    Omid Matin likes this.
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 722   +559

    A couple outcomes:

    1. The players get off their butts and help their side of the war (bad).
    2. They get mad at their country for not being able to play their game, and protest (most likely getting shot).

    Not providing a service is laughable if considered bullying. That's like trying to kill everyone in a pastry shop, then saying they are bullying you for not selling you a cake.
  7. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 894   +497

    I'm surprised Iran even allowed this game, considering how much female skin is on display. Their mullahs should be thanking Trump.
    TomSEA and Omid Matin like this.
  8. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 815   +400

    This is bulshit. Many of them dont even follow the craze of their mad power struck rulers.
    Open it back, give them discounts for their suffering.
    meric and Clynt like this.
  9. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Maniac Posts: 215   +193

    I had my Origin account hacked and the hacker sold the access to it to a 19 year old Iranian guy, once I changed my password the guy came forward and apologized for using it, he said everything in his county is expensive due to those oil sanctions, he said he really like BF V and the only way to play it is through buying access to other people accounts. Now he may be lying through his teeth but I added him to my friends list, bought a copy of BF V Deluxe edition and gifted it to the guy and told him to stop using others accounts. I wish Trump to just backed off Iran and stop being Saudi's little ***** because we all know that's what causes all this mess .......
    meric likes this.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,944   +3,991

    You can change the course of history, right after you're elected POTUS. Not a citizen? Oh, too bad. I guess you'll just stay a "rookie", who appears to have joined just to hate on the US.. Where are you from, BTW? Some country that sucks up our foreign aid tourist dollars, while busy in your closets, mindlessly sticking pins in a Trump doll?

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