While Linden Labs, creators of Second Life, is yet to announce a plan to ban payments to Russian users, banking sanctions from the US and EU are already affecting payouts.
Second Life content creation is the primary source of income for many Russian content creators and they are no longer able to receive funds for their Second Life content following PayPal suspending service to Russia.
At the same time, Second Life users around the globe are creating anti-Russian images and protesting in Second Life’s island of Moscow. The owners of the island have placed a billboard there explaining that it is privately owned and is intended to be a historical simulation.
Russian content creators are privately discussing their options via group chats but at present aren’t comfortable sharing this with the Second Life community.
Akirakiyoi Resident, a Russian content creator for Second Life spoke with New World Notes saying, “Most of these creators don’t have a real job since SL was their full time and we expect a major crisis in the country with high unemployment rates. But of course, the first thing that needs to happen is this invasion to finally stop.”
Akirakiyoi who operates a successful business on Second Life is considering leaving Russia in order to access his funds.
PayPal: Cutting Russia Off
PayPal is only one of many companies pulling their products and services from Russia. Sony is delaying movie releases and has pulled Gran Turismo 7 from the Russian PlayStation Store. Likewise, EA, Epic, and Microsoft have halted all business with Russia. In Addition, metaverse contender, Microsoft is aiding the Ukraine in preventing Russian cyberattacks.
In addition to banning sales in Russia, many are supporting Ukraine by donating funds. John Romero, co-creator of Doom is selling a new map for Doom 2 with all proceeds going to support Ukraine. Likewise, indie game developers came together to create a $10 game bundle of nearly 900 games to support Ukraine which raised nearly $2.5 million.