When the war started when Russia invaded Ukraine, Wargaming started to focus on its employees. The company initially announced in late February that it was in the process of helping employees and their families with evacuation and humanitarian assistance. Today, more than a month later, Wargaming announced that the company will cease operations in Russia and Belarus.
The decision was announced via press release, with some details on how to proceed and next steps. “Over the past few weeks, Wargaming has been conducting a strategic review of its operations worldwide. The company has decided that it will not own or operate any businesses in Russia and Belarus.” Wargaming also announced that they have transferred the live game service in those countries to Lesta Studio, with which it is no longer affiliated. This deal went into effect on March 31st. This transition means that gaming operations will continue while Lesta is the only company that will benefit from the live service for the matches in the two countries.
Wargaming is also closing its studio in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. This process will take some time and will be “carried out in strict compliance with the law. Products and services leaders will be meeting with their teams shortly to discuss the impact of this decision on each department.” They will provide severance pay and support to employees affected by their decision to step down.
As a result of this decision, Wargaming expects significant financial damage if it leaves business in these countries.
Many companies have stepped up efforts to help the Ukrainian people since Russia began its offensive, with a variety of direct donations, sale of charity items, suspension of sales and services in Russia, delays in helping employees, and more efforts to get humanitarian aid people. Recently the EVE Online The community raised over $500,000 in the PLEX For Good campaign.
Read Wargaming’s decision here.
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