Electronic Arts has announced that it is suspending video game sales in Russia and Belarus in response to the ongoing Russia Ukraine conflict† EA is the latest high-profile video game company to temporarily withdraw from the countries after appeals from activists and Ukrainian government officials. Two days ago, Microsoft and CD Projekt RED announced that they were ceasing all sales in Russia, and yesterday it emerged that Sony had quietly removed Gran Turismo 7 from its Russian store. EA had previously removed Russian teams from its sports franchises, which many believed was not enough.
EA’s Statement on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
In a statement, EA expressed its concerns about the well-being of its colleagues and partners in Ukraine. Several developers in the region have had to vacate their premises and seek safety as the deadly fighting continues, halting ongoing work. EA’s statement reads:
We remain shocked by the conflict unfolding in Ukraine, joining so many voices around the world calling for peace and an end to the invasion. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Our primary concern is the continued safety of the people in the region, especially colleagues and partners, and we are trying to understand how best to help them outside of our programs that already exist.
We have made the decision to stop selling our games and content, including virtual currency bundles, in Russia and Belarus as long as this conflict continues. As a result, our games and content will no longer be available for purchase in our Russian region storefront on Origin or the EA App, including through in-game stores. We are also working with our platform partners to remove our titles from their stores and stop the sale of new in-game content in the region.
EA added that it will continue to consider other ways to take action and will provide an update when it does.
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