The United States government has taken the extraordinary step of blocking League of Legends in Syria and Iran. League of Legends is one of the most played video games of all time and gamers from Syria and Iran have had their access blocked. This is following increased tensions between the United States and Iran after a military drone belonging to the U.S. was shot down by Iran last week.
This is the first time the U.S. has taken the step of blocking access to online gaming in countries they are hostile to, and this is likely caused by the fact that League of Legends often sustains itself through micro-transactions and loot boxes and they are factored into the heavy trade sanctions placed on Iran and Syria. This is because they count as a form of trade.
One of the main purposes of sanctions, tariffs, and threats of military action is to foster a revolt among the civilian population who are often hit hardest by trade sanctions. But that doesn’t work very well when that civilian population just plays online video games to forget about their shit lives. This must be getting very frustrating for neo-con warmongerers like John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and Jared Kushner.
Some gamers have managed to get around the block by using a VPN but this process is often too expensive for many from the affected countries. Many Iranian and Syrian gamers have expressed despair at the block at the whim of the U.S. government, who really just want to forget about the sanctions and play video games. But instead, are pressured by the U.S. and globalist forces into a civil war they don’t want to fight.
The ban only applies to Syria and Iran right now, but if the United States enters into a future conflict with another country, those citizens could potentially have their access to League of Legends blocked. Nevertheless, this is obviously one of the more bizarre and humorous consequences of the sanctions by the neo-con warmongerers.