In two separate announcements on Twitter, publishing giant EA said it was in the process of removing several top Russian teams from two of the biggest sports franchises in the market: FIFA and NHL This measure is taken in response to the invasion of Ukraine by this country.
According to a post on the EA Sports FIFA Twitter account, the publisher is removing the Russian national football team and all Russian football clubs from FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile, and FIFA Online. A similar message on the EA Sports NHL Twitter account states that Following the IIHF’s suspension of all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from IIHF competition, we will be removing these teams from NHL 22 in the coming weeks This isn’t the first time EA has made sudden changes to one of its sports titles due to ongoing events. In 2020, the company had all references to the Washington Commanders removed after it was revealed the team would replace their offensive title. However, EA’s sudden decision to remove Russian and Belarusian teams from all FIFA and NHL games is its biggest change yet.
EA’s actions, along with the company’s statement that it stands with the people of Ukraine and joins the voices around the world calling for peace are also a first for a major company in the UK. game industry. Many small studios, both inside Ukraine and in neighboring countries, have expressed their opposition to the invasion of Russia. Some have donated thousands of dollars, while others have asked fans to send money to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
An Immediate Decision
This announcement from EA comes hours after Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, posted an open letter on Twitter, addressing the gaming industry and asking them to do more.
In this letter, Fedorov calls on PlayStation, Xbox, and all game development companies and esports platforms to temporarily block support for Russian markets in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to do everything in their power to protect Ukraine, Europe and, ultimately, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression EA said it will keep its communities updated on all actions are taken and thanks to players for their patience.