EA halt sales of all of its games and virtual currencies in Russia and Belarus

EA halt sales of all of its games and virtual currencies in Russia and Belarus
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EA has announced that it too is suspending sales in Russia and Belarus in response to the Ukraine conflict.

A statement was posted on the decision to the EA website. “We continue to be shocked at the conflict that is unfolding in Ukraine, and join so many voices around the world in calling for peace and an end to the invasion. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

The statement continued “We have made the decision to stop sales of our games and content, including virtual currency bundles, in Russia and Belarus while this conflict continues”. The company say they’ll remove games and DLC from both Origin and the EA Downloader. EA add they’re working with platform partners to remove their titles from those stores. This includes sales of FIFA Ultimate Team packs and related content.

Concluding its statement, EA added “As this deeply troubling situation evolves, we’re continually reviewing the steps we can take. In addition to changes to our EA SPORTS FIFA and NHL games, we are actively evaluating other areas of our games and operations, and will update with any further actions.”

EA’s decision comes just hours after Microsoft also confirmed it would suspend sales and services in Russia. Eurogamer also reports that PlayStation appears to have quietly pulled today’s release of Gran Turismo 7 in the region. Other companies still have made donations to Ukraine-based aid charities, such as the Pokémon Company. As the conflict in Ukraine rolls on, we can probably expect more publishers to follow suit.