Activision and Epic Games declined to sell games in Russia.

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Activision Blizzard and Epic Games have joined a lengthy list of gaming firms that have ceased sales in Russia.

“Today, we are announcing that Activision Blizzard will be suspending new sales of our games in Russia. while this situation continues,” said Daniel Alegre, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard. We will continue to explore for methods to assist the people of Ukraine. I want to reassure you that the safety of our employees is a key priority for our leadership team. We’re doing everything we can to help employees and their families who have been directly affected by this tragedy,” said the company.

Alegre also mentioned in the letter that the company is matching employee donations to relief organisations two-to-one (with a $1000 to $10,000 company matching cap). So far, the company and its employees have raised $300,000 in this manner, according to him. Employees at Activision Blizzard will be able to select from a wider range of organisations.

“I’d also like to recognize our Polish colleagues’ outstanding achievements, where people have offered their time to help Ukrainian refugees and others in need.” We’re still working with them to see how we can help. As the issue unfolds, we will offer updates on any new actions we take,” Alegre added.

In response to the invasion of Ukraine, Epic Games announced in a tweet that it will “end commerce with Russia” in its games. The business did state that Russians will not be denied access to games, citing communication tools as an example and stating that “the free world should maintain all lines of conversation open.”

Activision Blizzard and Epic Games have now joined a growing list of gaming businesses that have taken action against Russia, including Microsoft (Xbox), CD Project Red, and others (Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077).

EA Games has deleted Russian teams from its famous FIFA and NBA games, according to The Verge, while CD Project Red has restricted the sale of both digital and physical copies of its games. Microsoft has halted all new product and service sales in Russia, including Minecraft, which has been deleted from the Russian Google Play and App Stores.

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