When Russia’s war of aggression began against Ukraine, companies from all over the Western world joined to isolate Russia. The gaming industry is not left out here, with major companies announcing they are joining Visa, Mastercard, etc. in boycotting Russia.
Activision Blizzard announced on March 4 that it will suspend sales of games, as well as microtransactions within Russia, for as long as the conflict continues. Additionally, the company has committed to matching employee donations to support the people of Ukraine 2:1, saying it has raised more than $300K for the effort to date.
Over the weekend, Microsoft also announced that it would also stop selling in Russia, citing the need to work under government sanctions against the country. Microsoft is also committed to working with Ukraine to strengthen cybersecurity efforts to better protect against Russian cyberattacks.
Electronic Arts is also suspending game sales, as well as microtransactions, in both Russia and its ally, Belarus, and is actively working to remove their games from markets in the region.
The game industry has been galvanized to support Ukraine, like the rest of the Western world. Wargaming, known for World of tanks series, has donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross in an effort to support their team members in Kyiv, while Polish gaming giant CD Projekt Red has halted sales of the game both technically digital and physical in Russia and Belarus. Meanwhile, VR MMO developer RamenVR is donating the first $100k from last week’s sales to Ukraine in an effort to help.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/more-game-companies-are-joining-in-the-digital-blockade-against-russia-2000124491 More game companies are participating in the digital blockade against Russia