FIFA 22 wants to remove all Russian clubs due to war with Ukraine
FIFA 22 removes all Russian clubs from its games as a result of the country’s war with Ukraine. EA Sports, the company that makes FIFA games, announced the decision on Wednesday and said the company “stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people”.
EA Sports said it will start removing all Russian clubs from FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. The company is “also evaluating related changes in other areas of our games.”
Russian athletes and teams have been banned from sporting events because of the country’s invasion of – and war with – Ukraine. Russian figure skaters, including Kamila Valieva, have been banned from the world championships in France. The NHL suspended his relationship with all its Russian partners because of the war. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been stripped of his honorary presidency by the International Judo Federation.
Fifa, the federation, not the video game, has already imposed sanctions on Russia. The country will not participate in the 2022 World Cup or other international competitions as a result of the war with Ukraine. The ban also applies to the Russian women’s national team.
FIFA 22 is one of the best selling games
FIFA 22 is among the biggest video games in the sports scene. Over 9 million players purchased FIFA 22 in its first week of release. The game generates an obscene amount of revenue for EA Sports every year and is one of the company’s biggest and most important franchises.
EA Sports has made similar changes in the past. The company removed former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden from Madden after Gruden resigned following anti-gay and misogynist emails. The company also reinserted the name of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick into the game after it was mistakenly removed from a song on the game’s soundtrack. The company also brought Kaepernick back into the game in 2020.