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World of Tanks developer Wargaming is closing operations in Belarus and Russia

Wargaming, the developer of online military games world of tanks, world of warshipsand world of fighter planeshas announced that it will withdraw from business in Russia and Belarus and will close its studios in the two countries after the invasion of Ukraine.

While many gaming companies have withdrawn from the Russian and Belarusian markets in recent weeks, this move is of particular importance. Wargaming, now headquartered in Cyprus, was originally a Belarusian company and until now has maintained a large studio in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

In a statement posted on LinkedIn, Wargaming said it had started closing its Minsk studio. It also said that effective March 31, it transferred the business of operating its games in Russia and Belarus to Lesta Studio, a Russian developer that Wargaming acquired in 2011 but which “is no longer affiliated with Wargaming,” according to it the explanation . The games remain available in Russia and Belarus under Lesta’s ownership.

“The company will not benefit from this process either now or in the future. On the contrary, we expect to incur significant losses as a direct result of this decision,” the statement said. world of tanks is a very popular game in Russia.

Wargaming also owns a studio in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, where it employs over 500 people. In February, Wargaming fired creative director Sergey Burkatovskiy after making a statement on Facebook in support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Burkatovskiy’s stance “fundamentally does not reflect the company’s position,” Wargaming told PC Gamer.

At the same time, Wargaming donated $1 million to the Ukrainian Red Cross and said in a statement that “all available company resources help and support our 550+ colleagues [in Ukraine]: Provision of alternative housing, early salary payments, additional funds to support travel and relocation. We support our employees’ families when traveling to neighboring countries and organize accommodation for them.”

https://www.polygon.com/23009709/wargaming-world-of-tanks-leaving-belarus-russia-ukraine-invasion World of Tanks developer Wargaming is closing operations in Belarus and Russia

Charles Jones

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