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 as long as the conflict continues, the publisher announced Friday.
“We have made the decision to halt sales of our games and content, including virtual currency packs, in Russia and Belarus while this dispute continues,” EA said in a statement. “As a result, our games and content will no longer be available for purchase in our Russian region storefront on Origin or the EA app, including through game stores. We are also working with our platform partners to remove our titles from their stores and stop selling new in-game content in the region.
This isn’t the first action EA has taken around Russia in recent weeks. The company also removed Russian teams from its sports video games. FIFA 22 and 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 remain there.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov urged game companies like Microsoft and PlayStation to pull out of the Russian market and support the Ukrainian people. Besides EA, several other companies, including Microsoft, CD Projekt Group and Bloober Team, have announced that they will no longer sell to Russia.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February when Russia launched an unprovoked attack on the country. Since the start of the fighting, there have been thousands of victimsincluding many civiliansand almost a million civilians fled the country. The attack resulted in sanctions against Russia from many countries around the world. Big companies like Shell, BPand Apple also ceased operating in the country with entertainment companies like Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount.