Epic Games halts gross sales of video games in Russia, however permits entry to hold “lines of dialogue” open

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The world response to Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine has been considered one of condemnation throughout the board. It hasn’t simply been world leaders or governments imposing sanctions on the nation, but additionally personal firms who’ve been reducing off entry to their providers for the Russian individuals. Nintendo, EA, and even Activision Blizzard have suspended gross sales to clients within the nation.

Epic Games has joined this record of firms which are looking for to encourage the Russian individuals to place stress on their authorities to halt the invasion of Ukraine. In a press release on Twitter, the corporate stated that they had been “stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine.” This will cease gamers in Russia from buying video games by Epic.

The firm particularly talked about that Russian gamers may nonetheless entry video games like Fortnite, together with chat capabilities, in an effort to “keep all lines of dialogue open.” This appears supposed to permit gamers to proceed to speak with buddies outdoors of Russia and, hopefully, to permit them entry to extra balanced information than is presently being offered by the Russian authorities.

Sanctions like this are unlikely to closely impression the Russian economic system the identical method that these imposed by governments, however they do have a extra direct impression on individuals’s lives. This ought to, hopefully, spur them on to larger motion towards their authorities and push for a extra substantial change.