Epic Games, video game giant and publisher of the popular video game Fortnite, has suspended sales through its digital store in Russia.
This is yet another response from the tech giants to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
In recent days Meta, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Paypal, just to name a few, had taken countermeasures to block their products and services in the country. In the last few hours, Samsung has also joined the list.
With the decision of Epic Games, Russian users will be able to access free video games, the contents of the Epic Games Store and Fortnite, but without making purchases. The policy applies to video games themselves, or to the possible cost of a title to own it, and to in-game purchases, the microtransactions within the games. “Epic has decided to stop trading with Russia in its games in response to the invasion of Ukraine – the company said on Twitter – We will not block access to services for the same reason other communication systems remain online. : the free world should keep all possibilities for dialogue open “. In the video game sector, Epic Games aligns itself with similar decisions already made by Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Intel, Amd and Nvidia, to partially censor the presence of securities in Russian borders, acting with clear-cut positions in certain cases. For example, EA Games has removed Russian teams from its popular Fifa and Nba games, while Microsoft has suspended all new sales in Russia, including Minecraft, which has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.