Playrix, one of the world’s top mobile gaming companies has announced that it will no longer operate in its Russia and Belarus offices.
According to a letter from Playrix founders to its employees, both of the aforementioned offices will remain indefinitely closed and the company has offered to relocate its remaining local staff to other countries.
The developers of Homescapes, Gardenscapes, Wildscapes and more will cease all operations in Russia and Belarus due to a “new round of escalation” in the Russia-Ukraine war which began approximately eight months ago.
The official release here contains the company’s three main directives in their planned withdrawal:
• Close all Playrix offices in these countries
• Cease operations of our studios in Russia and Belarus;
• Relocate employees from Russia and Belarus to other countries.
Playrix is valued at $16 billion with a staggering $2.7 billion in annual revenue, making it one of the largest mobile game publishers in the world.
Playrix withdrawal marks the most serious gaming closure to date, but comes on the back of a series of anti-Russian gaming moves and measures put in place by giants such as Epic, EA, Microsoft and Sony, in order to protect staff and support the war effort of Ukraine.