Electronic Arts has announced that it will be removing all Russian teams from its current FIFA and NHL games, in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine,” EA tweet reads. “In line 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’re also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games. We will keep our communities up to date on any actions taken, and thank players for their patience as we work through these updates.”
The publisher added that the game’s Russian and Belarusian teams will also be removed from NHL 22 within the coming weeks. These actions mirror the real-life sporting sanctions that have been levied against Russia, as it has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup and its teams have been suspended from all international football competitions held by FIFA and UEFA.
Belarusian teams will be removed Belarus is assisting Russia in its invasion, a decision recently made the real-life International Ice Hockey Federation. On a side note, Russia’s basketball teams have been banned from entering international competitions as well.