Reports are coming in
that Iran is moving to block access to several MMOs, including World of Warcraft
and Guild Wars
. This comes following a conference by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
earlier this month. At the conference, the Islamic Revolution Game Designers Community was formed and decided to ban games that promote superstition, mythology, violence, and revealing clothing.
Following the decision, the government started cracking down on various services and MMOs, such as Battle.net's
library and ArenaNet's Guild Wars
series. Other games targeted include RuneScape
, Second Life
, and Entropia Universe
It's unclear to what extent the government is attempting to enforce these bans, and Iranian players are looking into workaround solutions to access their MMOs. It's interesting to note that Blizzard
does not authorize
downloads of its products or services in Iran.