Worlds most popular multiplayer online videogame League of Legends blocked in Iran and Syria due to developers fear of U.S. sanctions

One of the world’s most popular multiplayer online video games, League of Legends has been blocked in Iran and Syria by its developer Riot Games.

Riot’s decision to block both Iranian and Syrian players from League of Legends was made after the Iranian army shot down a U.S. drone it claimed had crossed into its airspace an incident that almost led the U.S. to conduct a military strike on Iran.

Then, President Donald Trump signed a new sanction targeting Iran and its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Over the weekend, a user based in Iran wrote on the League forum that they received this message when they tried to play: “Due to U.S. laws and regulations, players in your country cannot access League of Legends at this time….”