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ᑕ❶ᑐ There will be no Russian teams in FIFA 23 | PKFut

The ongoing war in Ukraine continues to affect lives inside and outside the war-torn country, including the video game industry, which has shown its support for Ukraine through the philanthropic efforts of studios like Epic Games and Riot Games. However, for gamers in Russia, this means they can no longer buy or play many of the most popular games as companies like PlayStation suspend sales in Russia by copying any content related to Russia. This trend looks set to continue as Electronic Arts has confirmed that there will be no Russian teams in FIFA 23 as the company continues to support Ukraine.

FIFA 23 will be the latest game in EA’s 20-year licensing partnership with FIFA, the international governing body of football associations that oversees international games between 211 national associations. The game will feature the standard modes like Ultimate Team and Career that players have come to expect, as well as a huge roster of international teams with World Cup content to be released in a post-launch update. Women’s national league teams from the US and Europe will also make their debut, joining the women’s national teams that have been in the series since FIFA 16.

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Regarding the ban on Russian teams from FIFA 23, EA has confirmed that Eurogamer will continue to ban Russian teams from FIFA games after they have all been removed from FIFA 22 in solidarity with Ukraine. The decision means there will be no playable Russian national team or Russian clubs when the game is released, reflecting Russia’s suspension from FIFA announced earlier in 2022 along with Belarus, a close ally of Russia.

“EA Sports stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and, like many voices in the football world, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine,” EA Eurogame said in an official statement.

EA hasn’t commented on whether Belarusian teams will still be banned from the game, though it’s unsurprising that this is not the case. FIFA 23.

The team ban goes hand in hand with EA’s ongoing ban on game sales in Russia, including lucrative add-on content like Ultimate Team packs, which are one of EA’s biggest sources of revenue. However, EA and various other companies that have banned the sale of games have not denied access to players in Russia who have already purchased the games and any related content.

However, the Russian government did not take these measures from the gaming industry and pushed through legislation to combat these bans. The first was the full legalization of game piracy in March 2022, as part of a stepping up effort to fight economic sanctions that have largely hurt the country. However, more recently it became known that the development of a state-sanctioned game engine designed to compete with Unreal Engine 5 was approved by the Russian Ministry of Digital Development.

FIFA 23 is scheduled to release on September 30, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Eurogamer

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