If you aren't up to speed: The Russian federation banned access to the messaging service "Telegram". Today: since 15:00 PM Moscow time; over 16 million IP addresses from Google and Amazon have been blocked. This mass blocking seems to have negatively affected WG services as well, resulting in a number of Russian players reportedly not being able to connect to the servers of many Wargaming titles.
The move to ban these IP blocks is a response to Telegram moving some of its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud servers over the weekend.
Roskomnadzor banned the Telegram instant messaging client inside Russia's border on Friday, April 13, after Telegram refused to hand over customers' encryption keys to the FSB, Russia's main intelligence service.
By moving servers to Amazon and Google servers, Telegram was able to skirt the initial ban and provide service to Russian users over the weekend.
Many users ridiculed Roskomnadzor's decision on social media, as the move to mass-ban so many IP addresses had secondary repercussions, as it also blocked many legitimate web services. Users reported many online games, mobile apps, and cryptocurrency services going dark over the course of the day.
How Wargaming is affected
As stated in the opening of this article a number of Wargaming services have been negatively affected by this mass-blocking, with Total War: Arena being the most affected as far as we know: Players inside the Russian federation are unable to join any battles without a VPN rendering the game unplayable for any and all Russian players.
Russian players of World of Warships Blitz and World of Tanks Blitz have also reported that they are unable to connect to the servers, even after loading up a VPN or changing their internet connection.
Some players also claim to have the same problem while trying to connect to the main World of Tanks, World of Warships and World of Warplanes servers. However, the exact scale of the issue is currently unknown.
We will continue to monitor this development and post updates if/when they become available.
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