Epic Games and Activision Blizzard have discontinued selling games in Russia
The Russian app store and website are known for being unreliable and often experience issues with connectivity. In addition, the Russian government has a history of censoring content that it doesn’t agree with, which could lead to games being removed from the store and website. It’s also possible that the Russian government will increase the taxes that are levied on video game publishers, which could lead to higher prices for Russian gamers.
In a letter to employees shared publicly, Activision Blizzard’s president and CEO Daniel Alegre announced the acquisition. “Today, we are announcing that Activision Blizzard will be suspending new sales of and in our games in Russia while this conflict continues. We will continue to look at ways to support the Ukrainian people. I want to reassure you that the safety of our employees is our leadership team’s top priority. We are doing everything possible to assist employees, and their families, who are being directly affected by this tragedy,”
Alegre mentioned in the letter that the firm is matching employee contributions to relief organizations two-to-one (with a corporate matching limit between $1000 and $10,000). He claimed that thus far, the company and its employees have raised $300,000 in this manner. Epic Games and Activision Blizzard have discontinued selling games in Russia
“I’d also like to applaud the tremendous contributions from our colleagues in Poland, where people have volunteered their time to assist Ukrainian refugees and others in need. We continue to work with them to find ways we can further assist this effort. We stand with the Ukrainian people and will provide updates on any new actions we take as this crisis continues to unfold,” added Alegre.
Epic is stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine. We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open.
— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) March 5, 2022
Epic Games made the announcement that it will be “stopping commerce with Russia” in its games as a response to the invasion of Ukraine in a tweet. The company did mention that it will not be blocking access to games for Russian, justifying it by comparing it to communication tools and saying that “the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open”.
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