EA Tells Employees They’re Halting Sales In Russia, Nintendo eShop No Longer Available
Last week, Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine, and as the fighting escalates, Ukrainian officials have called on gaming platforms to boycott the Russian market. A number of large companies, including Microsoft and CD Projekt Red, have publicly announced that they are doing just that. It now appears that two other big players, EA and Nintendo, have also quietly cut service to Russia.
According to a report from GamesIndustry.bizEA sent an internal email to employees saying they were suspending sales of “games, content and virtual currency” to Russia through regional or game stores and their Origin service. That said, they are not shutting down game servers at this time.
We are not closing access to local services at this time. This means that players who have already purchased a title in the region will still be able to access their game.
Meanwhile, according to a report by The Verge, the Russian Nintendo eShop has entered maintenance mode, which means that users will no longer be able to purchase digital games. This isn’t necessarily a case of Nintendo taking a stand, as according to an FAQ, the eShop is down because its payment service has suspended processing rubles…
Since the payment service used in the Nintendo eShop has suspended the processing of ruble payments, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily placed in maintenance mode. We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused.
Unlike Microsoft and CD Projekt Red, Nintendo and EA have yet to make a public statement about cutting service to Russia. Sony has also gone down this route, quietly removing Gran Turismo 7 from sale in the country. It will be interesting to see if they end up making any public statements, and who might follow them in turning their backs on the Russian market.
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