Global gaming industry responds to Russia’s invasion of UkraineLeigh Mc Gowranon March 7, 2022 at 10:35 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


While industry sectors around the world respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the gaming and esports industries take new measures in response to the crisis.

Multiple gaming companies have announced the suspension of services and activities in Russia, following a call of support from Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov.

Fedorov shared a letter on Twitter, urging all game development companies and esports platforms to block Russian and Belarusian teams participating in events and to cancel all international event being held in these countries.

“We are sure that such actions will motivate the citizens of Russia to proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression,” Fedorov said.

@Xbox @PlayStation

You are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now. Russia declare war not for Ukraine but for all civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market!

— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 2, 2022

Esports platforms take a stand

In response to Ukraine’s request, a number of esports organisations have decided to ban Russian teams from joining upcoming events.

Blast Premier, an esports league based in Denmark, made the decision on 1 March to have no Russian-based team join its events “for the foreseeable future” .

The company also cancelled its Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) qualifier, which includes nine countries including Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

“We are sorry to the fans and players of the CIS region for this decision, but we do not think it is appropriate that this event goes ahead, at this time,” Blast said in a statement.

The next day, Finnish esports organiser Elisa Esports also showed its support for Ukraine, by suspending all Russian-owned organisations from participating in its tournaments until further notice.

One of the most popular esports games in called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). At the end of February, Ukrainian company DMarket – which sells NFTs and virtual items for games such as CS:GO – made the decision to block Russian and Belarusian customers in response to the invasion, Axios reported.

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