Pokémon Go has been indefinitely shut down by Niantic in Belarus and Russia following Ukraine’s invasion by Russia as it joins a long list of developers who have removed their games in Russia since the start of the conflict two weeks ago. In their official tweet, Niantic has said that they hope for a rapid resolution to the violence and suffering in Ukraine, and they are suspending operations of Pokemon Go and the app in these two countries.
Pokémon Go was a massive hit when it first launched in 2016, becoming a worldwide phenomenon only a few months after its release. Pokémon Go continues to rake in absurd revenue for developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company, remaining one of the most popular mobile apps since its release. However, according to the latest reports, players in Russia and Belarus will no longer play the game.
Niantic will be supporting the relief efforts in Ukraine
Niantic has announced this to show its support of Ukraine and contribute to the growing sanctions against Russia. Its games are no longer available for download in Russia or Belarus. Niantic has also said that it will be suspending gameplay operations for Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom, and other games indefinitely.
Niantic, like other companies, has also pledged to support humanitarian aid efforts in Ukraine. On March 3, it announced it raised $75,000 internally by matching employee donations. The company said it has also donated $200,000 “directly to humanitarian organizations focused on supporting the people and refugees of Ukraine.”
Earlier this month, Microsoft did something similar with Minecraft, along with Supercell and Rovio being other popular household names. The gaming community has joined hands to support Ukraine and condemn Russia for starting this pestilent war.
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