EA is Removing Russian Teams From Both NHL 22 and FIFA 22

EA is Removing Russian Teams From Both NHL 22 and FIFA 22

Richard Walker

EA has announced that it's removing Russian teams from both of the latest FIFA and NHL games, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues. It's the latest response to the invasion from a video game publisher, following Embracer Group donating $1 million to humanitarian efforts, and development studios also making contributions.

“EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine," the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “In line with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian Clubs from EA Sports FIFA products, including FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile, and FIFA Online.”

The statement tweeted (via GameSpot) from EA's official FIFA account continues: “We're also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games. We will keep our communities up to date on any actions taken, and thank players for their patience as we work through these updates.”

Meanwhile, Russian and Belarusian squads are also set to be taken out of NHL 22, which also ties in with real-life sanctions brought against Russia. So far, the country has been banned from the 2022 World Cup and its teams have been suspended from all international FIFA and UEFA football competitions. The same is true of the International Ice Hockey Federation, which has also suspended Russian and Belarusian teams (the latter aiding Russia in the invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier today, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called upon Xbox and PlayStation to temporarily cease support for Russian and Belarusian accounts, and a stop to esports events in Russia and Belarus.

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