Microsoft and EA Suspend Sales to Russia

Microsoft, Electronic Arts and others have suspended sales to Russia in response to Moscow’s decision to block the sites of companies that refuse to cooperate with its internet censorship policies. The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation last week requiring all games sold through U.S.-based platforms be pre-screened for content by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The “ea game pass” is a subscription service that allows gamers to download certain games for a low price. Microsoft and EA have suspended sales to Russia due to the country’s recent ban on gay propaganda.

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Microsoft and Electronic Arts have also published press statements today announcing their intention to halt their business with Russia. Microsoft is “horrified” by the violence in Ukraine and has halted new sales in Russia, while EA is “shocked” by the conflict and has halted all sales of its games and content in Russia and Belarus, including virtual currency bundles. However, Microsoft looks to be winning in terms of virtue points, having said that it is working to improve Ukraine’s cybersecurity, as well as its continuous support for migrants.

Microsoft has put a halt to new sales in Russia (Microsoft)

  • Furthermore, we are actively communicating and cooperating with the governments of the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, and we are suspending various parts of our operations in Russia in accordance with government sanctions decisions.
  • The safeguarding of Ukraine’s cybersecurity is likely definitely our single most important area of activity. We are continuing to work proactively to assist Ukrainian cybersecurity authorities in defending against Russian intrusions, including the most recent hack on a major Ukrainian television.
  • We’re also keeping our resources mobilized to assist the people of Ukraine. Our Microsoft Philanthropies and UN Affairs teams are collaborating with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other UN agencies to assist refugees by providing technology and financial support to key non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and, where necessary, defending these organizations against ongoing cyberattacks.

Electronic Arts’ titles in Russia and Belarus have been updated (EA)

  • While the war continues, we have decided to halt sales of our games and content, including virtual currency packages, in Russia and Belarus.
  • As a consequence, our games and content, including in-game shops, will no longer be accessible for purchase via our Russian area marketplace on Origin or the EA app.
  • We’re also working with our platform partners to remove our games from their shops and ban fresh in-game content from being sold in the area.

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