Monday, April 04, 2022
World of Tanks developer Wargaming has announced that it has “decided it will not own or operate any businesses in Russia and Belarus” following the invasion of Ukraine.
Wargaming was originally founded in Minsk, Belarus, which served as its headquarters until it was relocated to Cyprus in 2011.
“Effective March 31 the company transferred its live games business in Russia and Belarus to the local management of Lesta Studio which is no longer affiliated with Wargaming,” reads the announcement. “The company will not profit from this process either today or going forward. Much to the contrary, we expect to suffer substantial losses as a direct result of this decision.”The transition will apparently be completed quickly while “remaining in full compliance with all laws”, with the company wanted to ensure “the ongoing safety and support” of its employees.“Wargaming has also started the process of closing its studio in Minsk. It will be conducted in strict compliance with the law. Heads of Products and Services will be meeting with their teams shortly to discuss the impact of this decision on each department,” says the statement from Wargaming. “We will provide as much severance and support as possible to employees affected by the change.”
In February, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, Wargaming's creative director resigned after expressing his support for the war. Wargaming has over 550 employees based in Kyiv, the besieged Ukrainian capital, and stated at the time that “all our staff are now focused on helping out our over 550 colleagues from Kyiv and their families”.
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