In early March, Wargaming announced a great help for Ukraine. Developers responsible for the World of Tanks brand have announced a donation of $ 1 million , but it turns out that the company has decided to take the next step. The studio leaves Russia and Belarus completely.
The invasion of the Russian troops into Ukraine is still ongoing. Every day we learn about the next actions of Vladimir Putin’s troops and the latest information must have influenced the actions of Wargaming, because developers have announced a complete departure from Russia and Belarus.
“Over the past few weeks, Wargaming has been strategically reviewing its global business operations. The result is the decision that we will not own or run any business in Russia and Belarus ”.
To start with, the company transferred its games in Russia and Belarus to the locally managed company Lesta Studio – it is not affiliated with Wargaming and the studio will not benefit from this step now and in the future. The developers of World of Tanks also emphasize that the decision will result in “significant losses” for developers.
“We will finalize the operational transfer as soon as possible while remaining in full compliance and respect of all rights, while ensuring the safety and support of our employees. During the transition period, all our games will remain available in Russia and Belarus, and the current operations will be handled by the new owner. “
Wargaming announced that it is also closing its office in Minsk, which is a significant move as it is in Belarus that the main design office of World of Tanks authors is located. The company was founded in this country in 1998, but moved some of its activities to Cyprus a few years ago.
The company emphasizes that it will help its employees and wants to bring the highest quality games to the market in the future.
“Severance pay is provided and the broadest possible support for affected workers. Despite the essence of this decision, Wargaming is confident in its future and we are committed to providing our players with high-quality games. ”