USA blocks League of Legends in Iran and Syria

USA blocks League of Legends in Iran and Syria

USA blocks League of Legends in Iran and Syria

Riot has effectively blocked League of Legends players in both Iran and Syria from playing the hugely successful MOBA, in accordance to rules and regulations put in place by the United States due to sanctions placed on the two countries. However, League of Legends players in Iran and Syria attempting to log on today were met with a message that explained they can't play the game for the foreseeable future.

Escalating tensions between the United States and Iran have now led to League of Legends being effectively blocked for players in both Iran and Syria.

If you've been living under a rock, fresh and mounting tensions between the United States and Iran have caused long dormant tensions between the two countries to resurface.

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The ban was announced as US President Donald Trump began imposing "major" additional sanctions on the country. These harsher sanctions prevent all American companies from doing business in the aforementioned countries, which includes League of Legends, which despite being free sees most of its revenue earned through microtransactions. "Such restrictions are subject to change by the USA government, so if and when that happens, we will look forward to having you back on the rift".

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.

This is not a change that has come about through official Riot policy - their hands are tied on this matter. Simply because it not allowed to operate in countries "prohibited by US Law, such as North Korea and Iran".

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