Russia and Belarus on its release of Niantic. The games have been suspended in the coming weeks. Last night, Niantic announced that its VR games Pokemon Go, Ingress and Pikmin Bloom were out of print in Russia and Belarus, as a result of Ukraine’s invasion last month. De plus, the game will be suspended in the near future. The decision-making in Russia and Belarus, while some companies are also suspending business operations in these countries. Please note that Apple’s App Store banned purchases in Russia, while Google launched its subscription and payment services, so a lot of players in Russia can download Pokemon Go or make own-to-play purchases.
We stand with the global community in hopes of peace and a rapid resolution of the problem and suffering in Ukraine. Niantics have been available for download in Russia and Belarus, so the gameplay will also be suspended for a few days.
Niantic (@NianticLabs) March 11, 2022.
Niantic has reported that they donated dollars to humanitarian organizations in Ukraine. Nantic employee raised a total of 50 thousand dollars for this project. The Pokemon Company announced a similar donation earlier this week, too.
We are heartbroken and so are the Ukrainian people who support what we do.
Niantic (@NianticLabs) March 3, 2022
Niantic follows the footsteps of several other videogame publishers, such as Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts, who, over the past few years, have been suspended in Russia for citing the invasion. Nintendo recently announced that it was delayed release of A + 2, which is an ongoing conflict left game. There were sanctions from the United States and other countries that cut off trade and imports to Russia. It also contributed to many companies’ decision to quit Russia while their invasion of Ukraine continued.
Since Russia has a smaller Pokemon Go fanbase than other countries, the game still has a little content with a limited number of languages that are restricted to some parts of this country. Notably, Pachirisu is an exclusive party from Canada, Alaska and Russia.