The video games industry has launched several initiatives to support Ukraine under attack – including a move by EA Sports.
EA Sports’s decision is not surprising: the situation in Europe has reached a critical level due to Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, which has generated a wave of initiatives to help the Ukrainian people. Game developers have also understood the current situation and have made several changes to the content of their games, as seen in Battlefield 2042, where they removed a Russian helicopter.
“EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine.”
The company announced the measures affecting Russian teams and clubs appearing in various FIFA games in a statement posted on Twitter: “EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and, like many other voices in the football world, 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.” So there is still the possibility that the company could decide to extend these measures to other areas.
Just a few hours ago, Ukraine officially called on PlayStation and Xbox to take action in the Russian and Belarusian markets, so it’s possible that we could see further high-profile decisions in the industry. On the other hand, some developers are making significant donations to the cause, such as CD Projekt RED and their contribution of €200 000 for humanitarian aid, or 100% of the sales of This War of Mine going to those affected in Ukraine.
A statement from EA SPORTS FIFA: pic.twitter.com/v3pZvpblgS
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