We’ve learned Activision Blizzard halts sales in Russia, the latest company to protest Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Company president and COO Daniel Alegre confirmed the news that Activision Blizzard halts sales in Russia in a new press release.
“Today, we are announcing that Activision Blizzard will be suspending new sales of and in our games in Russia,” Alegre said in the new statement.
“We will continue to look at ways to support the Ukrainian people,” Alegre says. “I want to reassure you that the safety of our employees is our leadership team’s top priority. We are doing everything possible to assist employees, and their families, who are being directly affected by this tragedy.”
The Activision Blizzard boss also noted the company is “matching employee donations 2:1 to organizations providing immediate relief in the region” and says this effort has raised “over $300,000” to charities.
“We stand with the Ukrainian people,” Alegre said. “and will provide updates on any new actions we take as this crisis continues to unfold.”
News that Activision Blizzard halts sales in Russia is the latest in a series of updates and ceasing of sales from tech companies and game developers.
Previously, Microsoft halted all new sales and services over the Ukraine war, The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED halted their sales in Russia, while ESL has suspended Russian esports teams and tournaments in the region. Polish developer Bloober Team also stopped their sales in the region.