PC Gamer: “Electronic Arts has announced that, because of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, esports players and teams based in Russia and Belarus will no longer be allowed to compete in Apex Legends and FIFA 22 pro leagues.”
“We continue to be shocked at the conflict that is unfolding in Ukraine and join so many voices around the world in calling for peace and an end to the invasion,” EA tweeted. “We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
“EA’s decision to ban Russia and Belarus from its pro leagues comes two weeks after ESL suspended Russian teams(opens in new tab) Virtus.pro and Gambit from ESL Pro League season 15. Smaller pro league operators Blast(opens in new tab) and Elisa(opens in new tab) have also imposed bans on Russian-based organizations.”
“ESL said it would allow Russian teams and players to take part in its competitions using “neutral” names, with no team logos or national colors—a compromise that Virtus.pro eventually accepted.” It is still to be seen whether EA will do the same.