Electronic Arts stops sales of games and virtual currency in Russia
Electronic Arts has joined the chorus of companies that will temporarily cease operations in Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. EA will no longer sell content, games, or virtual currency in Russia or Belarus while the conflict continues. the publisher announced on Friday.
“We have made the decision to stop selling our games and content, including virtual currency packs, in Russia and Belarus while this conflict continues,” EA said in a statement. “As a result, our games and content will no longer be available for purchase in our Russia region storefront on Origin or the EA app, including in-game stores. We are also working with our platform partners to remove our games from their stores and stop new game content from being sold in the region.”
This is not the first action that EA has taken in Russia in recent weeks. The company has also removed Russian teams from its sports video games. FIFA 22 as well as NHL 22.
Electronic Arts also says it is currently trying to figure out how best to help the region, especially its colleagues and partners who stay there.
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on game companies such as Microsoft and PlayStation to leave the Russian market and support the people of Ukraine. Along with EA, several other companies, including Microsoft, CD Projekt Group and Bloober Team, have announced they will stop selling in Russia.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February when Russia launched an unprovoked attack on the country. Since the outbreak of hostilities, thousands of victimsincluding many civilianas well as almost a million civilians fled the country. The attack led to sanctions against Russia by many countries around the world. Large companies such as Shell, BPas well as an Apple also stopped working in the country along with entertainment companies such as Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount.