In a statement the once Belarus
-based developer and publisher (now based in Cybprus
) noted that it was ceasing all operation out of its Russia
and Belarus offices, transferring the live games business to Lesta Studio
, which no longer has official ties to Wargaming
There are many major games studios based in Russia and Belarus, of course, and many also have businesses or projects that worked (or work) across the border with Ukraine
-based games companies. Wargaming being one of the biggest.
Here's the company's official statement:
Over the past weeks, Wargaming has been conducting a strategic review of business operations worldwide. The company has decided it will not own or operate any businesses in Russia and Belarus and will leave both countries.
Effective March 31 the company transferred its live games business in Russia and Belarus to local management of Lesta Studio that is no longer affiliated with Wargaming. The company will not profit from this process either today or going forward. Much to the contrary we expect to suffer substantial losses as a direct result of this decision.
We will be completing the operational transition with all due speed while remaining in full compliance with all laws and ensuring the ongoing safety and support of our employees. During the transition period the live products will remain available in Russia and Belarus and will be operated by the new owner.
Wargaming has also started the process of closing its studio in Minsk, Belarus.
We will be providing as much severance and support as possible to our employees affected by the change.
Despite the magnitude of this decision, we as a company are confident in the future of our business and are committed to delivering quality games to our players.
The situation in Ukraine is an impossible one, and our hearts go out to everyone in the region suffering from this unprecedented act.
Posted 03:06pm 07/4/22