Rovio removed its games from Russian and Belarusian Google Play Store and App Store

More and more studios are taking action against Russia!

After Mojang and Supercell, yet another studio in the form of Rovio has joined the growing ranks of the major names in the gaming industry who are protesting against the Russian government’s actions in their own way by stopping their services in the Russian Federation. Rovio, in a recent announcement, has declared that it has removed all its games from app stores, including Google Play and Apple App Store in Russia. Moroever, the actions have also been put in Belarus, one of the countries that had extended its support to Russia in recent times and are being shunned in a similar fashion.

No upcoming game updates from Rovio will be available in Russia and Belarus now

Along with announcing the removal of all its games from the Google Play Store and App Store in Russia and Belarus, Rovio has disabled all in-app purchases in games that are already downloaded. Also, no upcoming game updates from Rovio will be available in Russia and Belarus now.

In addition to this, Rovio has announced that the ad space in their games in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus will now be used to promote the services of organizations like UNICEF.

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Image via Rovio

After this announcement, the studio behind games like Angry Birds has joined others like Mojang and Supercell, as they aim to do something to make a difference and support Ukraine during this crisis. Their efforts actually are helping Ukraine in its struggle against the invasion, even if it’s just a little and it’s really good to see the gaming community step up and make a positive impact on a conflict that will go down in history.

It’s likely that other studios will also join in as this movement spreads to show their support. This decision by Rovio will also likely be reversed once there’s peace prevailing again, although it cannot be said how long that will take.

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