According to sources, Battle.net is currently being blocked for Iranian players. Battle.net is the service that currently allows access to all of Blizzards games including Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. Problems began being reported on the Blizzard European Forums just after the scheduled maintenance concluded. Around the same time the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community held a conference detailing how the game should be banned. Some of the reasoning included violence, scantily-clad women and “western propaganda”. It is unclear whether the blockage came from Iran or Blizzard until now.
Blizzard-Activision's PR director Rob Hilburger's mentions that the Iranian market is just “a tiny fraction” of its worldwide network consisting of ten million fans. Not much was done to calm fans who have been playing for more than a decade. Blizzard was left with nothing more that a mil
d dig at the politics behind the decision:
“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”
According to ArsTechnica,
“Disappointed fans of games like Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 are not even due a refund—bad news for those who have ordered the upcoming Mists of Pandaria.”
Although, he apologizes for the inconvenience, I question why he discusses the small portion of players in Iran. It is probably so investors do not worry, but shouldn't all customers of a product be treated with equality in this corporate public relations world?
Also worth reading, The Verge covers several reasons why the Persian government decided against the use of the game in their country as well as thoughts from the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community.