EA has announced that it has begun to remove all Russian clubs and the Russian national team from FIFA 22, FIFA Online, and FIFA mobile. The move comes in response to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. EA has followed suit with FIFA and UEFA which has made some efforts to remove Russia from its competitions, with other national and club level teams confirming they will not play Russia or Russian clubs for the foreseeable future. The full statement from EA is below.
EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine. In line with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile, and FIFA Online. We’re also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games. We will keep our communities up to date on any actions taken, and thank players for their patience as we work through these updates.
This is not the first response from the games industry in light of Russian invasion of Ukraine. 11 Bit Studios announced that profits from This War of Mine would be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Since that start of that campaign the studio has confirmed over $715,000 have been raised to help the Ukrainian people. Earlier today, the Ukrainian government sent a message to both Sony and Microsoft to block Russian and Belorussian players from online accounts, as well as banning any representatives from those nations from competing in any gaming events across the world as well as cancelling any events taking place in either Russia or Belarus. Both companies are yet to reply to the request made by Ukraine.
UPDATE: Russian teams will also be removed from NHL 22.
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