Sales of all EA and Blizzard games are stopped in Russia

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Following their invasion of Ukraine, two new gaming publishers have announced they will no longer sell their titles in Russia. Activision Blizzard and EA are these publishers.

Despite the fact that EA removed Russia from FIFA and NHL, it seemed like little to no action was taken in regard to Russia. Now they’re following suit and stopping all game sales in the country.

In a blog post, EA said it would stop selling its games and content in Russia and Belarus until the conflict is resolved. As a result, our games and content will no longer be available on Origin or the EA app, including through in-game stores in the Russian region. Our platform partners have also been working with us to remove our titles from their stores and stop the sale of new in-game content in the region.”

EA’s digital bread and butter is currency bundles, which include currency for existing games as well. We could have called them out if they hadn’t stopped that aspect of sales.

The company followed up with a similar statement a few hours later:

Today, we are announcing that Activision Blizzard will suspend new sales of and in our games in Russia while this conflict continues. Our support for the Ukrainian people will continue. Our leadership team places the safety of our employees as their top priority. This tragedy directly affects our employees, and their families. We are doing everything we can to assist them. You or a colleague should not hesitate to contact your manager or local HR leaders if you need support. Also, I would like to remind you that our Employee Assistance Program is available for anyone who needs emotional support during this trying time.”

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Activision Blizzard was sued in a wrongful death case by the family of a female employee who committed her own death after intense harassment at the company just hours before this news broke.

From the recent reckoning at the company, this story emerged as one of the most horrifying. It is likely that this was always going to happen, given the way the industry is moving in regards to Russia. The next target is Ubisoft, Square Enix, Nintendo, among others.

Microsoft has already announced that it will suspend all sales to Russia, including its games division. Sony did not release Gran Turismo 7 in Russia yesterday but has not yet announced a suspension of sales. Poland’s CDPR deserves credit for being the first major publisher to declare it would no longer sell games in Russia.

You can expect more of these announcements to follow until they reach a majority in the industry.

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