The previous week, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on gaming businesses to suspend business in Russia and Belarus. Niantic responded by announcing that the company will be ceasing support for Pokémon Go in those nations.
In such areas, Niantic has already halted Pokémon Go downloads, and the game will be halted “shortly,” according to the company. Following Russia’s attack of Ukraine late last month, a wave of similar choices has been made by other gaming businesses. Niantic’s decision follows a storm of similar choices taken by other gaming companies.
We stand with the global community in hoping for peace and a rapid resolution to the violence and suffering in Ukraine. Niantic’s games are no longer available for download in Russia and Belarus, and gameplay will also be suspended there shortly.
— Niantic 🧭 (@NianticLabs) March 11, 2022
Gaming companies stopped activity in Russia
Sony has already halted sale of both consoles and games in Russia, while Microsoft has also halted all sales of their products in the nation. Nintendo switched down sales of downloadable games on its eShop last weekend after blocking transactions in Russian rubles. Most recently, the company said that it will no longer send items to Russia, including the Switch.
As a result, while some game publishers such as Bungie are continuing to offer limited service for their titles, such as by supporting the unlimited base variant of Destiny 2, gamers in Russia will no longer be able to purchase DLC (downloadable content), cosmetics, or the currency of the game, Silver.. Conversely, major gaming firms like as Epic, Ubisoft, CD Projekt Red, Take-Two, EA, and many others have completely ceased selling their games on the platform.
At this time, it is unknown how long Niantic’s restriction of service in the area will remain in effect. However, as a result of the company’s determination to support a “quick resolution to the bloodshed and suffering in Ukraine,” there will be no online monster collecting through Pokémon Go in Russia or Belarus unless any kind of peace accord can be negotiated and implemented.
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