EA to remove Russian & Belarusian teams from FIFA 22, NHL 22 & related games

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EA has announced it’ll remove Russian and Belarusian teams from both FIFA 22 and NHL 22 amidst the ongoing Ukraine/Russia conflict.

The publisher released a statement to both series’ official Twitter accounts. The FIFA statement read: “EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine.”

“In line with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian National Team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. We’re also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games.”

A similar message was posted to the EA Sports NHL account, which also added the removal of Belarusian teams.  They also added “We stand with the people of Ukraine and join the voices around the world calling for peace”. According to the statement, both games will see the teams removed in the coming weeks.

The news comes as earlier today, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister called on Xbox and PlayStation to suspend operations in Russia. In addition, Mykhalio Fedorov called for the companies to temporarily block accounts from Russia following their invasion of Ukraine.

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FIFA 22

  • Release Date: September 27, 2021
  • Platform(s): Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Simulation, Sports