Myanmar Will Be Able to Play US Game ‘Battlefield 1’ After Being Abruptly Cut Off

A Burmese Reddit user named trivia_sublime commanded the attention of the site’s home page this morning after he reported that Electronic Arts had blocked users in Myanmar from using its digital distribution platform Origin following a recent update, reportedly in compliance with U.S. sanction laws. The internet rallied to his cause, to put it lightly. At the time of writing, the post had 6,770 upvotes as well as crossover posts in other subreddits such as PC Master Race’s call to “assist our brethren,” nabbing 6,145 more upvotes. And already, it seems, the worst of it will soon to be over.

We at Motherboard passed along this information to a contact at EA and received this response:

“We are working to restore access to Origin for our players in Myanmar. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we’ll share updates on timing as soon as possible.”

It’s not entirely clear, though, if the sanctions against Myanmar were to blame for denial of service as the response said nothing about them. (EA hasn’t replied to our followup questions.) When we spoke to two separate EA customer support representatives via chat earlier, they were unaware there were any such problems reportedly affecting Burmese players.

The incident caused such a huge outcry in part because the sanctions were, in fact, dropped weeks ago. President Obama issued an executive order on October 7 that lifted the economic sanctions against Myanmar following the March election of Htin Kyaw, the country’s first proper civilian leader in over 50 years. The sanctions themselves had been in place since 1997, although trivial_sublime and other users on EA’s forums claim they’ve been buying games from Origin for months now with no problems and were able to access those games as recently as “early September.”

 

Source: The Motherboard

 

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