Activision-Blizzard is suspending new sales “of and in” its games in Russia, a move that bars the Russian people from any new transactions with the company, including both the sales of its games and in-game purchases.
“We are doing everything possible to assist employees, and their families, who are being directly affected by this tragedy,” said Daniel Alegre, President of Activision Blizzard. “If you or a colleague needs support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager or local HR leaders. I’d also like to remind you that our Employee Assistance Program is available to those who need emotional support during this difficult time.”
Activision-Blizzard joins a growing list of game companies that have stopped doing business in Russia. Microsoft has moved to ban “new” sales of its products and services in Russia and Belarus — a block that not only includes Xbox games, but also products associated with Windows: Office, Microsoft 365, and more.
Meanwhile, Electronic Arts removed Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games, and later cut off all sales to Russia and Belarus. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has also taken similar steps in barring physical and digital sales to customers in both countries. Activision Blizzard notably hasn’t blocked sales to Belarus, Russia’s economic partner.
Shortly after Activision-Blizzard’s announcement, Epic Games stated that it’s “stopping commerce with Russia” in its games as well.
(All information was provided by VentureBeat)