[REVIEW] : WARGAMING: THE CREATORS OF WORLD OF TANKS LEAVE THEIR COUNTRIES, RUSSIA AND BELARUS

In a press release, the firm announces that they will leave their own countries, Russia and Belarus, as soon as possible. A choice heavy with meaning and consequences, since the company affirms that there will no longer be any subsidiary linked to Wargaming from afar, as closely in these countries concerned. It is even specified that the management of all their games has been entrusted to Lesta Studio, based in Saint Petersburg but which is no longer part of Wargaming.

Over the past few weeks, Wargaming has conducted a strategic review of business operations around the world. The company has decided that it will not own or operate any businesses in Russia and Belarus.

We will complete the operational transition as quickly as required while remaining in full compliance with all laws and ensuring the continued safety and support of our employees. During the transition period, live products will remain available in Russia and Belarus and will be operated by the new owner.

Wargaming has also begun the process of closing its studio in Minsk. It will take place in strict compliance with the law. The Product and Services Managers will meet soon with their teams to discuss the impact of this decision on each department.

We will provide as much severance and support as possible to employees affected by the change.

Essentially known for its World of Tanks license, but also its World of Warships and World of Warplanes versions, Wargaming is a company that was founded in Minsk in 1998 and employs no less than 5,500 employees spread across the globe. . Despite his Russian origins, the publisher condemns the acts committed by Putin and his army and did not hesitate to fire on the spot the creative director of Wold of Tanks, Sergey Burkatovskiy, who had publicly displayed his support for Russia and its acts. A sanction was taken in the process, in addition to the deletion of the Facebook post, explaining that “Sergey’s opinion is in total contradiction with the position of the company. He is no longer an employee of Wargaming.” With this departure from the country of origin, Wargaming obviously condemns this whole war in Ukraine.

World of Tanks developer abandons Russia and Belarus

We will complete the operational transition as expeditiously as possible, while remaining in full compliance with all laws and ensuring the continued safety and support of our employees. During the transition period, live products will remain available in Russia and Belarus and will be operated by the new owner.

Wargaming Announces Ceasing Operations in Russia and Belarus

We obviously know the appalling current context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and the particularly economic consequences that flow from it: Russia is subject to economic sanctions in order to limit the means that the country can devote to its war and the economic actors having activities on Russian territory are forced to make choices: to continue them to preserve their turnover but at the risk of suffering the effects of sanctions or to put an end to them to preserve an image (or even their integrity?) with the economic consequences that that implies.

The Belarusian group wargaming just settled the question: the developer behind the tank simulation World of Tanks announces his departure from Russia and Belarus. In a note published on LinkedIn, Wargaming indicates that on March 31 it transferred all of its Russian activities to its former subsidiary Lesta Studio based in Saint Petersburg, which is becoming independent.

The studio specifies operating this “operational transition with speed, while remaining in full compliance with all laws and ensuring the continued safety and support of (its) employees”. The same operation is to follow with its Belarusian activities and the closure of its Minsk office. Until then, Wargaming games will remain playable in Russia, but will therefore be operated by Lesta Studio.

For the record, for a few years now, Wargaming’s headquarters have been based in Cyprus (attractive for its very advantageous tax regime) and the group already has several offices and subsidiaries all over the world, in Europe, the United States and Asia. In other words, the operation should not have significant consequences on the development or operation of the group’s securities, but it is easy to understand that abandoning one of its historical markets could indeed have significant financial consequences. , in addition to the symbol of leaving one’s country of origin.

World of Tanks developer leaves Russia and Belarus

What just happened? Belarusian World of Tanks developer Wargaming has announced that it is withdrawing from Russia and Belarus following the invasion of Ukraine. The company says it has conducted a strategic review of business operations around the world over the past few weeks and has decided that it will no longer own or operate businesses in either country.

During the transition period, live products will remain available in Russia and Belarus and will be operated by the new owner. Wargaming added that the company was also closing its studio in Minsk, Belarus.

“Product and service managers will meet with their teams shortly to discuss the impact of this decision on each department,” the company wrote in the press release.