Electronic Arts have banned Russia and Belarus from participating in their esports programs- As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to rage on, many large corporations have come out to condemn this war. Electronic Arts, one of the most popular video game publishers in the world, has announced that they will not allow Russia and Belarus to take part in their esports programs. This decision was taken after Russia refused to cease hostilities against Ukraine, continuing to bomb civilian cities in this invasion. Belarus has been accused of supporting Russian troops by providing them access to the Ukraine-Belarus border by allowing them to pass through Belarus’s land.
The company has posted a tweet on its official Twitter handle about this announcement. They have said, “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. We have made the decision to remove Russia and Belarus as eligible countries in our esports programs. Effective immediately, players and teams in Russia and Belarus are ineligible to participate in the Apex Legends Global Series and EA Sports FIFA 2022 Global Series.”
Electronic Arts had already suspended its operations and game sales in these countries
When the conflict was in its early stages, Electronic Arts had already announced the suspension of all their game sales within Russia and Belarus. They had also removed Russia’s national teams from the Fifa 22 and NHL 22 esports events. Today, the company has taken a further harsh step against both Russia and Belarus by banning them from the Apex Legends Global Series and the EA Sports FIFA 2022 Global Series. This ban may also be effective against the teams of both of these countries participating in other EA gaming titles.
Earlier this month, many other major video gaming companies have also announced their termination of services and sales with Russia. For example, Sony, Microsoft, CD Projekt Red, GSC Game World, Itch.io, Square Enix, and The Pokemon Company have either stopped doing business with the country or donated monetary aid to Ukraine to show their solidarity with the people affected by this disastrous war.