00:50 GMT27 September 2020
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    Activision Blizzard, makers of the popular massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, has blocked access to Battle.net for Crimean users, a statement on the service's official forum noted Tuesday.

    Crimean orcs, trolls, humans and dwarves reported on the Battle.net forum that they had received letters notifying them of the suspension of their accounts.

    The letter reads: "In connection with the current trade restrictions against the Crimean region, we have been forced to suspend access to your account. All current subscriptions will be canceled." The letter specifies that access to the accounts will be restored in the event of changes in the international situation and the lifting of sanctions against Russia and the Crimean peninsula.

    Social media users were quick to react to the virtual sanctions:

    The suspension of service also affects Crimean users of the online collectible card game Hearthstone, Diablo III and other Blizzard Entertainment products.

    The company has not yet made an official comment over the situation.

    In February, Crimean WoW players reported experiencing their first issues with accessing the Battle.net servers.

    In December 2014, several US companies, including Apple, Amazon, MasterCard and Visa ceased their business activities in Crimea following US President Barrack Obama's authorization of an economic embargo against the peninsula.

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    virtual sanctions, anti-Russian sanctions, sanctions, World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard, Crimea, Russia
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