Pokemon Go withdraws from Russia

Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokemon Go, has suspended the game in solidarity with Ukraine in Russia and Belarus. Publishers such as Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and developers such as Ubisoft, CD Project Red, and Epic Games; In addition to Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, in the meantime, they have already left the Russian market.

The extent to which these companies cease to operate in Russia varies. Some have simply stopped offering their products in this country, others have also removed in-game purchases, and still some have discontinued their games entirely.

Niantic Labs has decided to completely remove Pokemon Go from the Russian and Belarusian markets.

We stand with the international community in the hope of peace and a speedy resolution of the violence and suffering in Ukraine. Niantic games are no longer available for download in Russia and Belarus, and games there will soon be disabled.

Niantic Labs previously announced that it coordinates employee donations with a number of nonprofits — about $75,000 have been raised since March 3 — and together they have donated more than $200,000 directly to humanitarian organizations responding to the war in Ukraine.

“Everyone has the right to explore and enjoy their community without fear for their safety – and what is happening in Ukraine is a tragedy,” the company said in a statement on March 3.

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