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Nikoofar be excluded from online games

The icy relationship between the UNITED states and Iran have allegedly been direct consequences for the ordinary people, who play computer. The two countries

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Nikoofar be excluded from online games

The icy relationship between the UNITED states and Iran have allegedly been direct consequences for the ordinary people, who play computer.

The two countries have been in conflict since the nineties, where the u.s. government has suspected that Iran was developing nuclear weapons. It resulted in penalties, but in 2015, they were suspended in connection with the atomaftalen.

the Calm lasted only until last year, when Donald Trump announced that he is pulling the UNITED states out of atomaftalen, and penalties were reintroduced.

Now is the dispute come there, to some of the world's largest gambling operators have blocked its access in Iran.

Among the firms that blocking iranian gamers is the Fifa-producer Electronic Arts (EA), which informs about the blockade on their internet forum.

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Hamidreza Nikoofar discovered the exclusion in connection with the release of Apex Legends Photo: Hamidreza Nikoofar

Hamidreza Nikoofar iranian spiljournalist and game developer, and he tells that he discovered the blockage in the last week in connection with the release of the popular Apex Legends, called a competitor to Fortnite:

'I couldn't get into the game on my own network, but when I used a foreign VPN I could well', writes in an e-mail to Ekstra Bladet.

A VPN redirects the internet so that the game think that you are playing from another country.

in Several places on EA's forums, it appears that players from Iran can't access the games online.


According to Hamidreza Nikoofar is the us sanctions, is to blame for the exclusion.

'I contacted the support together with a friend, but as soon as we mentioned that we were from the Iran closed the chat room', says the 28-year-old Iranis.

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Hamidroza tried to get a response from EA's customer service Photo:Hamidreza Nikoofar

For everyday he lives in Tehran in Iran, where he is working with to develop games. Ekstra Bladet has been in a thread where there are asked to the case. Here confirms a supporter from EA, is shut down for Iran:

'it is currently not possible to play the game from Iran, when we act in accordance overensstemmelserne with the u.s. embargoes and sanctions,' write 'EA-Andy', the Community Manager.

Hamdreza Nikoofar wish that EA put the cards on the table.

'EA is, perhaps, the pressure of the law, but they can at least say that we can not play their game, instead they run from the problem,' he says.

It is not the first time that iranians have been banned from their game profiles. In 2012, the World of Warcraft servers closed in Iran. Then said the game developer Blizzard, that they were compelled to act after the american law.

Both World of Warcraft and several EA games have it, called 'live services.'

It means, in short, that you must be online in order to play. One of the games is, for example, EA's new venture called Anthem, which is published d. 22 January. Hamidreza Nikofaar have bought the game but can't play it.

'I love the developer's games, so I have bought the game before it has come out. It cost about 60 dollars, but I is not going to be able to play it,' he says.

'I'm just a 28 year old game developer, who want to enjoy the game like the rest of the world.'

But it's not only games from EA that can't be played in Iran. Games as the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2's online portion can not be played in the middle eastern country, says Hamidreza Nikoofar.

Ekstra Bladet has tried to get comments from both the EA and the developer of Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar, but none of spilproducenterne is returned.

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