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Activision-Blizzard Halts Sales Of Overwatch, COD: Vanguard & World of Warcraft In Russia

Activision-Blizzard has halted sales of their games including World of WarcraftCall of Duty: Vanguard, and Overwatch in Russia.

The American video game company has blocked in-game microtransactions as well. Aside from that, the company said it will leave no stone unturned in a bid to help organizations by matching employee donations.

With Russia intensifying its attack on Ukraine, the developers of World of WarcraftCall of Duty, and Overwatch has pulled their titles out of the country.

Activision-Blizzard will be scaling back its operations in Russia. Moreover, this will affect current and new players.

Activision-Blizzard Stop Sales Of Games Like Overwatch & Call of Duty In Russia

On March 4, COO Daniel Alegre told employees that the company will be pulling sales of new titles, along with in-game transactions, in Russia.

“Activision-Blizzard will be suspending new sales of and in our games in Russia while this conflict continues,” Alegre announced.

“I want to reassure you that the safety of our employees is our leadership team’s top priority. We are doing everything possible to assist employees, and their families, who are being directly affected by this tragedy.”

This will affect Russian players who have restlessly been waiting to get their hands on games like Call of Duty: Vanguard and Overwatch.

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Furthermore, this will affect in-game transactions and subscriptions for World of Warcraft, as per a report by Dexerto. However, it is still unclear whether the company has blocked Russian players from playing the aforesaid games.

By matching employee donations to relief organizations, the company claims it has raised $300,000. Aside from Activision-Blizzard, developers like EA and Riot Games have been adopting the same practice.

To recall, Riot Games has been raising money via in-game fundraisers and has pledged $1 million of their own. Likewise, EA has removed all titles including FIFA 22, and Apex Legends from Russia.

However, it is unclear how long the suspension of sales will remain in place. Watch this space for the latest gaming news.

Vinay Patel

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