EA Sports titles span the globe with the matches and teams they feature, and as such have the power to make a statement when events like the Russian invasion of Ukraine occur. EA is doing just that by removing Russian teams from its franchises.
According to a statement released on Twitter, “EA Sports stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.” The company is calling for an end to the dispute and has “initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products.” FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online are specifically named, but EA is also “actively evaluating changes related to other games”, so the same may happen for previous games in the franchise. As you’d expect, the replies to the tweet include a mixture of support for deletion, the right to delete this content, and general complaints about FIFA 22. Either way, EA Sports “will keep [its] up-to-date communities” on how he is handling the situation.
EA is one of many companies lending its voice to support the people of Ukraine. Developers like Frogwares, The Serpent Rogue, and Vostok Games have all called for action in the wake of the invasion. Similarly, the recent announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violent almost didn’t happen out of respect for those caught up in the conflict.