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Sales Of Video Games In Russia Have Been Halted By Activision Blizzard And Epic Games

Sales Of Video Games In Russia Have Been Halted By Activision Blizzard And Epic Games

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Activision Blizzard has declared that it would freeze new sales “of and in” its games in Russia, according to the company’s president, Daniel Alegre, in a message to workers made public (via Eurogamer). Russians are now barred from engaging in any new transactions with the firm, including the purchase and selling of its games and in-game purchases.
The press release does not state if the prohibition applies to digital and physical games. It does, however, emphasize some of the efforts that the firm and its employees have made to Ukraine and provide services to employees who the violence has impacted in the country. The situation in Ukraine comes at a particularly delicate period in Activision Blizzard’s history, as the business continues to face criticism after a lawsuit filed against it last year alleging that it had fostered a poisonous working atmosphere.

Alegre writes in the letter that the company is “doing all we can to support workers and their families who this tragedy has directly touched.” “If you or a colleague needs assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your manager or local human resources authorities. ” As a reminder, our Employee Assistance Program is available to anybody who needs emotional help at this difficult time.”
Activision Blizzard has joined an ever-growing list of video gaming firms that have decided to discontinue operations in Russia. As a result of its January announcement that it would acquire Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has prohibited “new” sales in Russia and Belarus. This ban includes Xbox games and consequences associated with Windows, Office, Microsoft 365, and other Microsoft services.

Between then and now, EA Games has deleted Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games, and it has discontinued all sales to Russia and Belarus altogether. CD Projekt Red, the creator of the cyberpunk novel Cyberpunk 2077, has taken comparable actions, prohibiting physical and digital sales to clients in both nations. Activision Blizzard has made a point of not banning sales to Belarus, which is Russia’s economic partner. The Verge attempted to contact Activision Blizzard for comment but did not respond right away.

Shortly after Activision Blizzard’s statement, Epic Games said it is “stopping trade with Russia” in their games but would not prevent Russian gamers from accessing them. It’s not clear if the Fortnite developer’s restriction on commerce pertains to microtransactions, contests, or a combination of the two categories.

Mykhailo Federov, the Russian deputy prime minister, called for Xbox and PlayStation to “temporarily restrict” Russian and Belorussian accounts and stop their participation in esports tournaments earlier this week in response to the situation in Ukraine. Later, he requested that several gaming companies, including Epic Games, Nintendo, Rockstar, and Tencent, suspend the distribution of their titles in Russia.

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