Gaming companies are banning Russia due to it’s Ukrainian invasion that’s continuing to grow, with Activision and Epic Games having joining the list recently.
Late last week, Activision Blizzard said to it’s employees that they’re suspending in-game microtransactions and sales of games to Russian users, while Epic said it’s abandoning commerce with Russia. This should make playing famous titles like Fortnite, GTA, Call of Duty, etc hard in Russia.
Suspending Video Games in Russia
The ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia is causing a lot of impact on the world, especially on Russian citizens. Since late last month, several companies from around the world started banning the country citing it’s unfair invasion of Ukraine.
The list includes major tech companies like Microsoft, Apple, Spotify, Google, etc, and even sports and entertainment companies too. Now, Epic Games and Activision jump in with their own sanctions.
Epic is stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine. We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open.
— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) March 5, 2022
Activision’s COO and President, Daniel Alegre in a letter to it’s employees last Friday, said they’d be pausing sales in Russia, and temporarily stop in-game microtransactions to the Russian users. A day after, Epic Games joins the same path by halting all transactions in Russia. In its statement, Epic Games said;
“Epic is stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine. We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open.”
While it’s unclear, an all commerce ban by Epic Games includes popular games like Fortnite too, as pausing the games transactions can affect the company’s revenue seriously. After all, Russia was termed as the eighth largest market for video games in 2021, with over $2.7 billion in revenue drawn by it.
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