Kaziko007

UAE: Games that has VOIP are banned but...

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Hello MTA community,

I am not sure if you are aware about this but UAE players will no longer be able to play on MTA servers unless VPN is used. (some different cities in UAE are able to play but after 10min of waiting or so however with noticeable timeouts and teleports).

After extensive research and discussing with my ISP (Etisalat) on phone, the conclusion is that any games that has VOIP will be banned (port 80 is banned as well) and we will not be able to play it.
However there's a chance in which a game developer/owner has to agree to certain conditions of UAE in order to attain the license from TRA than we can play without VPN!

 

Similar cases:
1. Skype was banned before however later on unbanned because they got TRA license.
2. Rocket League is banned. (Thankfully they talked with TRA and got license a great thanks to all gamers who supported us on this thread) We can't play on Europe servers, only UAE servers but np.
3. Paladins is banned. (nothing happened here so we gotta use VPN).

Recent cases:
https://www.reddit.com/r/dubai/comme...banning_games/
https://www.reddit.com/r/dubai/comme...at_gaming_ban/

NEWS: https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/uae-gamers-voice-anger-as-chat-app-blocked-by-etisalat-1.612629

 

*With all humbleness I request the MTA developers or owner to talk to TRA (LIVE CHAT) and somehow find a solution and get TRA license.

Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) in UAE said "You have to take licenses to allow the VOIP in your app".

 

Best Regards,

3R.Kaziko#007<~

3R Social Manager

 

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We became recently aware of this issue.  It's indeed a sad thing, and there might be an option of disabling VOIP for UAE users, but it's unclear if that will be enough.

 

It would be nice to apply for a TRA license, but ultimately we cant afford it (applying costs 10,000 AED).  If we could get some sponsorship or donations to apply for a license, it could be an option however.

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14 hours ago, darkdreamingdan said:

We became recently aware of this issue.  It's indeed a sad thing, and there might be an option of disabling VOIP for UAE users, but it's unclear if that will be enough.

 

It would be nice to apply for a TRA license, but ultimately we cant afford it (applying costs 10,000 AED).  If we could get some sponsorship or donations to apply for a license, it could be an option however.

Thanks for replying. I set Packet Tag "ON" on MTA settings and it worked without VPN but in the next day same problem "timeout".

If there's an option to disable VOIP for UAE users than I can escalate this matter to Etisalat personally and maybe then some progress can happen.

Regarding the cost, I wasn't aware that it would be this expensive...Thank you for your support but I guess we shouldn't pay them since this game is really old yet many plays it. I'll continue to use VPN as long my ping is stable.

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