Amid tension between the United States and Iran, it seems politics have spilled over to gaming once again, as reports are coming in that the Modern Warfare Iran servers are being blocked, though we’re not sure whether this is Activision’s doing or something else.
This was brought to light by Modern Warfare gamer hamoun76, who posted a message stating that Activision has blocked access to online services in Modern Warfare, and for those wondering, nope, it seems refunds aren’t being warranted too.
Well, once again the world of politics has spilled over into gaming. Starting today, activision has started blocking access to online services in Modern warfare to Iranian users (which for PC players means effectively locking them out of the game). Also, you are not able to get a refund from them. The only way to circumvent this is to route through a VPN which messes up your ping and online experience. Currently, only people using mobile data are granted access (Cable ADSL can’t connect) and I assume they will also lose availability soon. I doubt IW or Activision will respond to this, but I really want to know the justification for this. There has been no new laws passed in these last few days, so what gives? Why now suddenly? No other games or franchises have done this, and the fact that we are given no refunds makes it feel like we are being scammed.
And yes, hamoun76 is from Iran, so he definitely can tell from first-hand experience. In addition to that, Iranian website Zoomi has also confirmed this, and has also shared that even Destiny 2 Iran servers are now blocked as well. Both titles can be played by using a VPN (virtual private network), though it will mess up your ping, or via mobile data (for now).
We’ve reached out to Activision for a statement regarding this, and will update the post if we get a response. For those playing Modern Warfare or Destiny 2 in Iran, let us if it’s working for you, or if there’s another workaround for it down in the comments.
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