We’ve learned Epic Games halted sales in Russia over the ongoing invasion and war in Ukraine, the company announced over the weekend.
Epic Games are “stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine.”
Despite the company effectively cutting off all sales in the region, Russian people will still be able to play their games.
“We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open,” the company said in the statement.
News that Epic Games halted sales in Russia comes not long after Electronic Arts also cut off sales and services in both Russia and Belarus, also over the Ukraine war.
As the war in Ukraine continues, more tech and gaming companies have been cutting off services to Russia and Russian-affiliated groups – the latest being Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal cutting off services to the country. Activision Blizzard halted sales in Russia, Microsoft also halted sales and services, and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED halted their sales in Russia.