EA Pulls Games and Digital Currency From Sale in Russia and Belarus

EA Pulls Games and Digital Currency From Sale in Russia and Belarus

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Richard Walker

Having removed Russian and Belarusian teams from FIFA 22 and NHL 22 earlier this week, EA has gone a step further today, stopping sales of its games and digital content in both territories, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine enters its ninth day.

“We continue to be shocked at the conflict that is unfolding in Ukraine,” the company declared in a statement on its website (via Eurogamer). “Our primary concern is the ongoing safety of those in the region, particularly colleagues and partners and we are seeking to understand how we might best help them further beyond our programs that are already in place.”

EA's latest move follows similar actions taken by Microsoft and CD Projekt RED, as well as Sony, who quietly removed Gran Turismo 7 from sale in Russia. EA will temporarily stop selling its games and virtual currency in Russia and Belarus. "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," EA explained.

“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,” it added. “As this deeply troubling situation evolves, we're continually reviewing the steps we can take,” the statement continues.

"In addition to changes to our EA Sports FIFA and NHL games, we are actively evaluating other areas of our games and operations, and will update with any further actions."

This latest move comes in the wake of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhailo Fedorov calling upon Sony and Microsoft to suspend support for Xbox and PlayStation accounts in Russia and Belarus.

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  • Sanctions against Russians seems wrong. I still have faith my 50 year old doppelgänger on the other side of the world doesn’t want this war. The government on the other hand……. Very similar to my US assclowns
  • @1

    That is something I've noticed. The US illegally invades two countries, causes chaos that results in millions of dead, and no one sanctions them. It will be the same when China finally makes its move on Taiwan.

    Russia is a unique case in that the government had isolated itself instead of integrating into the globe. The US and China are integrated into the global economy at a much more detailed level, so companies couldn't do this to them
  • I probably should just hold my tongue, but honestly, this goes both ways...

    Russian governing bodies are doing things they shouldn't and everyone says, "The Russian people shouldn't suffer for it!" US governing bodies sometimes do things they shouldn't do and everyone tends to go, "F*ck US Americans! Those vile degenerates! The whole lot of 'em!" Maybe not on here (I don't know), but there's always a general consensus feeling that most people don't like the US.

    I'm not saying the mentality needs to be, to hell with Russians, I'm just saying, why is it acceptable to lump US Americans as being all bad, yet, for other nations, there's an awareness to separate it's citizens from the political and elite figures that do wrong?

    At the end of the day, you'll find citizens of any nation (US included) just want to live in peace, put in a good day of work, provide for their family, watch their kids get old, and have the occasional bit of fun.

    It definitely sucks to see what's happening to Ukraine, but as in most cases, the one's that suffer, regardless of whichever side is involved, the one's that suffer are often the ones that shouldn't and vice versa.
  • @TheLastAntidote
    I think its because of this:
    In the west the politicians/media will portray whatever the west is up to as something that has popular support, while something "the enemy" is up to as something without popular support. Having popular support morally legitimizes/delegitimizes the actions of a governing body.
    We are/pretend to be democracies, so systems in which the government fulfills the will of the people (to what extend that is true is another conversation). Therefore whatever a democracy does has then to be something where the mayority of the populous is on board. So you can't unlink the actions of the government from the population, therefore ordinary citizens would get lumped in with the actions of the government.
    Russia on the other hand is supposedly a dictatorship, where the government can do whatever it wants, no matter what the people want, so you could spin a narrative, where the people don't want what the government does.

    Also there is still latent anti-americanism in europe, which also certainly plays a part.
  • @Fanta, fair point... and much respect for your civility. While I understand what you're saying, not all actions conducted by a democratic government are supported by its people, and most often, such actions are conducted for want of the best interest of said government and it's elite, and not for the people. And in many cases, the people have no say, but to merely express disapproval. It's just unfortunate to get lumped into something like and then be seen consistently as bad because a system says it's for the people, by the people.
  • @TheLastAntidote There is actually a very good reason why people do not want to blame it on the russian citizens, and that reason is that they are being heavily oppressed and imprisoned if they do say something against their government unlike in the US.
  • Saying that the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea or Vietnam was the same as the war in Ukraine is ridiculous. It's like saying apples and pears are the same. Stop comparing things that don't belong to each other at all. Get yourselves some books about world's history.
  • @Sanguin, Nobody is comparing Ukraine to Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, or Vietnam. Show me where anyone is saying anything like that. YOU are the one that shoe-horned that narrative into the conversation.

    It's quite obvious that you have no clue what we're saying here... The discussion is about how governing bodies do some messed up shit and the people will often suffer for it on both ends. I was merely stating that the unfortunate side of that is when US does it, anyone US gets lumped in as bad people, when it's people don't always agree with the actions of their government. Other people on here were identifying that the difference comes from Russia's oppression in comparison to the ideology of democracy. This has nothing to do with comparing incidents that have occurred or are occurring. It's about how the heads of nations play the game and the people often lose.

    Seeing as how the riff-raff has arrived, I'll be seeing my way out of this conversation, but while you tell us to get some books about the world's history... Perhaps you should take some courses on reading comprehension.
  • @TheLastAntidote
    Go on and read post #2 before going aggressive without any reason.
  • @SanguinDies
    People just want excuses to defend Russia's behavior.
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