The latest round of Russian boycotts includes the withdrawal of teams from video games

Video game developer EA Sports is one of the latest to boycott Russia as it announced today that national teams will be removed from two video games.

Earlier this week, soccer’s governing body FIFA and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced they were banning Russian teams from competing, prompting video game developer Electronic Arts ( EA Sports) to announce a similar ban on FIFA 22 and NHL 22.

In a statement released on Wednesday, EA Sports FIFA announced that it has begun the process of removing the Russian national football team from the video game.

“EA SPORTS stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and, like so many voices across the football world, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine,” the statement read. “In agreement 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 are also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games. We will keep our communities informed of any actions taken and thank players for their patience while we work on these updates.

EA Sports NHL also issued a similar statement on Wednesday, saying that following the IIHF’s suspension of all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from IIHF competition, we will remove these teams from NHL 22. in the coming weeks. of Ukraine and join voices around the world calling for peace. »

The announcement by EA Sports FIFA and NHL comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Russian military forces continued to attack major Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv, and the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv. Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, have accused Putin of committing war crimes by targeting civilians across the country.

Amid ongoing fighting between the two nations, a number of Russian boycotts have been announced. In a statement released over the weekend, FIFA announced that all Russian teams would be suspended from competition “until further notice”.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters,” FIFA said. “Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace among peoples.”

Video game developer EA Sports announced on Wednesday that Russian teams will be removed from FIFA 22 and NHL 22 in the coming days. Above is a detail view of a ‘No Room for Racism’ logo on an official sleeve during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley at Villa Park on December 17, 2020 in Birmingham, England.

As the EA Sports NHL statement indicates, the IIHF recently announced the “suspension of all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from participation in all age categories and in all competitions or events of the ‘IIHF until further notice’.

The English Football Association also announced that it would not play “against Russia in any international match for the foreseeable future”, saying its decision was “in solidarity with Ukraine”.

In addition to those in the sports world boycotting Russia, Universal Pictures also announced that it was suspending “planned theatrical releases in Russia.”

Several US states, such as New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia have also announced bans on Russian-made vodka brands.

Newsweek has contacted EA Sports for further comment.

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