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      Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Sparck posted this on the Wizard101 website:

      Feb 03, 5:19 PM

      Countries Where Wizard101 and Pirate101 Game Access is Restricted

      Community,

      Our apologies for the uncertainty regarding recent news of embargoed countries. We wanted to clarify what’s been happening and why.

      US Federal Law has prevented products like our Wizard101 and Pirate101 games from being accessed from certain countries. If those games are accessed in those countries and we do nothing to halt those actions, it could mean significant challenges for us including the very existence of the games.

      Countries where Wizard101 and Pirate101 are currently inaccessible are:

      *Crimea
      *Cuba
      *Iran
      *North Korea
      *Sudan
      *Syria

      This list may change at any point. We will do our best to inform the community of newly embargoed countries when they are announced to us.

      Accounts only need to access the games once in their account lifetime to be flagged. This also includes “self-identified” actions, such as entering in billing information reflecting one of the above countries, even if you never access the game itself from that account.

      If you have any doubts from where you are accessing the game, please check with your service provider. We also discourage use of a VPN if you are not sure it is from or passing through one of these countries.

      To be clear, we never indiscriminately take any action on player accounts. We carefully review each occurrence and only act when it’s clear the account met criteria as noted above. Account closures are immediate to ensure account safety and that we are not delaying in complying with US Federal Law.

      For legal questions and concerns, we recommend researching the restrictions online if you would like to learn in more detail why they prevent us from limiting game access. As much as it pains us to remove game access to players, please understand we're not able to avoid these restrictions and are bound to comply with US Federal law.

      Thank you for your understanding. We care very much for our community and want to ensure all players are aware of these restrictions so you can access the game safely and securely where possible.

      See the post here: https://www.wizard101.com/forum/head...3f14066?page=1
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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      @Sparck, if someone gets their account banned for using a vpn, can it be appealed proving that the account is from a non embargoed area?

      If these areas are taken off the embargoed list, will the accounts be reinstated?

      Thanks for any info.
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      Question Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Can anybody here please point me to the law that says KingsIsle cannot operate in these countries? And is anyone here capable of offering insight into why this law was put into place?


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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Quote Originally Posted by JaredSpellFrost View Post
      Can anybody here please point me to the law that says KingsIsle cannot operate in these countries? And is anyone here capable of offering insight into why this law was put into place?

      Hi there,
      An embargoed nation is a country that is restricted of exportation or importation of goods by the US government. Only certain transactions will be permitted by the government. This is why these games are not permitted to be sold or operated in these states.

      For more information visit the Bureau of Industry & Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      lol I would have enjoyed meeting a wizard from North Korea though. I bet they would go crazy for even the slightest information about how it's like living outside their isolated zone

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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Quote Originally Posted by Spellbinder View Post
      @Sparck, if someone gets their account banned for using a vpn, can it be appealed proving that the account is from a non embargoed area?

      If these areas are taken off the embargoed list, will the accounts be reinstated?

      Thanks for any info.
      Unfortunately, no. This is again a VERY serious legal matter and we have no choice but to be equally serious about it. I wish there was a softer response we could provide, but we don't have that ability. Please be careful using VPNs.

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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Quote Originally Posted by Sparck View Post
      Unfortunately, no. This is again a VERY serious legal matter and we have no choice but to be equally serious about it. I wish there was a softer response we could provide, but we don't have that ability. Please be careful using VPNs.

      Can you explain further on why players should be careful of VPN and why no appeals will be considered? I don't use VPN's, I can't afford them but we live in a time where internet security and VPN's are a good idea. Presumably a well known PVP player(Dakota Earth...something?) who was banned for exchanging $ for in game empowers(before you joined KI), that organized the great hack of was it the 8th Birthday month? Trying to blackmail KI. Is or was playing at least until 2019, I gave up that can't be named streaming service, so could be active now. How does VPN bans really work? A real person breaking rules making money from wiz, you banned and was able to come back and stream tons, but innocent people are banned?I'm confused @Sparck
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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      It can be VPN or it can be proxies, or a mix of the two.

      VPN take the data from your pc, scramble it, send it in a faraway country where there are no restriction, and communicate from there to the world, acting in your place (or you are in the faraway country and use a connection to a VPN that act in your place here, same thing).

      Proxies take your requests and ask them as if they were coming from them (if they are anonymous, else they say that they are asking for you).

      If you try to read the tunneled data from a VPN, it's just a mess of senseless garbage, until it gets unscrambled.

      If you try to read the proxy data, it can be readable and clean, but you can't discover the original source (unless it's not an anonymous proxy).

      some 'security' companies actually use proxies to redirect traffic so as to anonymize it.

      And some countries developped services for these VPN and proxies that flourished pretty well - the job required to maintain servers is pretty annoying but pays decently so a bunch of people can do it where handwork isn't that much expensive and the owner gets comfortable very fast, if not rich.

      So if you connect through one of those things, or if you use a service that does it, the game server may actually read you are somewhere else in the world.

      Then there is the embargo thing:

      it's not KI fault, rather the silly US way of considering themselves above the world.

      When another country does something they don't like, if it is a big one they'll tell them off, and if it is a small one then they'll start a war against it, menacing their 'partners' of a lot of bad things if they don't follow.

      And if your company works in the US, you are a compulsory Partner

      So that's why US embargoed places like Cuba for over 50 years, but just sends prickly messages to Russia.

      Add to this cocktail a zest of the late trump and all his stupid laws, and you get why the situation got this messy. We can only hope that in time a new Obama will come forward to restart being intelligent.


      In short, if you are not 100% sure where the VPN/proxy servers are located, you are better off with a direct connection to the game.
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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Quote Originally Posted by lethargy101 View Post
      Can you explain further on why players should be careful of VPN and why no appeals will be considered?
      It isn't about VPN's per se but about the implications with trade law. Wiz is an intangible game, but it's technically still an export included in international trade. If I can't trade apples with NK, I can't trade do it with wiz either. It has to be an absolute ban because if KI were accused of breaking these restrictions, they would have to pay massive fines and/or be sanctioned themselves.

      Can't leave any room for interpretation here, or decent odds of being goodbye Wiz.

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      Re: Countries Where W101 & P101 Game Access Restricted

      Quote Originally Posted by JaredSpellFrost View Post
      Can anybody here please point me to the law that says KingsIsle cannot operate in these countries? And is anyone here capable of offering insight into why this law was put into place?

      I wonder why. This game would be a nice peace keeping tool. Imagine teams of 2v2 or 1v1 from the USA in a best of 7 tournament with teams from Russia, North Korea, for bragging rights.


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