Friday, March 04, 2022
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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