EA removes Russia and Belarus from esports series

An Electronic Arts office building is seen in Los Angeles, California
An Electronic Arts office building is shown on July 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, United States. REUTERS/Mike Blake

March 16, 2022

(Reuters) – Electronic Arts Inc said on Wednesday it would remove Russia and Belarus as eligible countries from its esports programs as the video game publisher doubles down on its boycott of the countries following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Players and teams from Russia and Belarus are not eligible to compete in the Apex Legends Global Series and EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series, the company said in a statement on its website.

The invasion of Ukraine has prompted an exodus of global companies from Russia. The boycott has also spilled over into sport, with sporting bodies such as FIFA and UEFA banning Russia’s national teams and clubs from international football.

Earlier this month, EA also stopped selling its games, content, and virtual currencies in Russia and Belarus.

The “FIFA” publisher has also removed the Russian national team and all Russian football clubs from its popular video game title “FIFA 22”.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber) EA removes Russia and Belarus from esports series

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