Digital Arts has introduced that, due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, esports gamers and groups based mostly in Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete in Apex Legends and FIFA 22 professional leagues.
“We proceed to be shocked on the battle that’s unfolding in Ukraine and be a part of so many voices world wide in calling for peace and an finish to the invasion,” EA tweeted. “We stand in solidarity with the folks of Ukraine.
“Now we have made the choice to take away Russia and Belarus as eligible nations in our esports applications. Successfully instantly, gamers and groups in Russia and Belarus are ineligible to take part within the Apex Legends World Collection and the EA Sports activities FIFA 22 World Collection.”
EA’s determination to ban Russia and Belarus from its professional leagues comes two weeks after ESL suspended Russian groups Virtus.professional and Gambit from ESL Professional League season 15. Smaller professional league operators Blast and Elisa have additionally imposed bans on Russian-based organizations.
Following the instance of the Olympics, nevertheless, ESL mentioned it will enable Russian groups and gamers to participate in its competitions utilizing “impartial” names, with no staff logos or nationwide colours—a compromise that Virtus.professional finally accepted.
Ubisoft made an identical supply in a Rainbow Six Siege professional league announcement posted at the moment.
“In mild of the continuing tragedy in Ukraine, all official competitions on our video games portfolio in Russia, such because the Russian Main League on Rainbow Six Siege are suspended,” it tweeted. “Russian gamers will nonetheless be capable to compete in regional and worldwide competitions in the event that they select to, however will likely be required to compete below a impartial banner, and have accepted to take action.”
EA didn’t say whether or not it will make comparable allowances for its World Collection gamers—I’ve reached out to ask and can replace if I obtain a reply.