Whenever I start the launcher it displays that it's "Retrieving version information..." and then stays like that for a while, when I try to click anywhere on the launcher I get a window telling me the launcher doesn't react and I can opt to close it down or wait for it to react. Clicking on waiting for it to react just leaves the launcher open for a few more seconds before it closes down.
Something that does seem to work is running FreeVPN until I can launch the game, after this I can safely close FreeVPN and log in without any problems.
I've tried all sorts of fixes described on the forums and while I manage to get my game running, albeit with the help of some 3rth party software, I do wonder if a fix is soon going to be up.
P.S. I'm from Europe.