EA removes Russian national team and football clubs from ‘FIFA 22’ video game

An Electronic Arts (EA) video game logo is seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson//File Photo

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March 2 (Reuters) – Electronic Arts Inc (EA.O) is removing the Russian national team and all Russian soccer clubs from its popular video game title “FIFA 22” as more companies away from the country after its invasion of Ukraine.

The company also said it would retire Russian teams from “NHL 22”, its National Hockey League-based gaming title.

EA’s decision comes days after FIFA suspended Russian national teams and clubs from international football and the NHL said it would no longer consider the country when scouting for venues for future league competitions. NHL. Read more

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The North American league has many top Russian players in its ranks, including Tampa Bay Lightning stars Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy and veteran Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin. Read more

From Apple (AAPL.O) to Nike, dozens of companies have severed ties with Russia as Western countries impose sanctions, including barring some Russian banks from the SWIFT global financial network. Read more

Motorsport Games Inc (MSGM.O) said separately that sanctions against Russia could delay the release of the racing game developer‘s future titles.

Shares of Miami, Fla.-based Motorsport, known for its “NASCAR” and “KartKraft” games, fell nearly 13% in afternoon trading.

Motorsport Games said a significant portion of its development staff are based in Russia and the sanctions could impact its ability to use Russian personnel for future game development.

The company did not immediately respond to a question from Reuters about the number of employees working outside Russia.

“Prolonged unrest, intensified military activity or broader sanctions affecting the region could have a material adverse effect on our operations, results of operations, financial condition, liquidity and business prospects,” the company said. noted in a regulatory file.

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Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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