Supporting the Ukrainian People
Today, President and COO Daniel Alegre shared the following message with our employees
Internal email to Activision Blizzard staff
Throughout the past week, we have watched the news from Ukraine and the worsening humanitarian crisis that is unfolding. Our company’s commitment is to help those impacted by this terrifying violence and to provide assistance in every way possible.
Today, we are announcing that Activision Blizzard will be suspending new sales of and in our games in Russia while this conflict continues. We will continue to look at ways to support the Ukrainian people. I want to reassure you that the safety of our employees is our leadership team’s top priority. We are doing everything possible to assist employees, and their families, who are being directly affected by this tragedy. If you or a colleague needs support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager or local HR leaders. I’d also like to remind you that our Employee Assistance Program is available to those who need emotional support during this difficult time.
I also want to take a moment to recognize the incredible work of our teams to support the Ukrainian people. The company is matching employee donations 2:1 to organizations providing immediate relief in the region. Together we have raised over $300,000 in this effort. Next week we plan to add additional charities to choose from for consideration and also will raise the company matching limit from $1,000 to $10,000.
I’d also like to applaud the tremendous contributions from our colleagues in Poland, where people have volunteered their time to assist Ukrainian refugees and others in need. We continue to work with them to find ways we can further assist this effort. We stand with the Ukrainian people and will provide updates on any new actions we take as this crisis continues to unfold.
How will the ban on the sale of games in Russia help the Ukrainian people?
Blizzard you racists! By this solution you are saying "Russian equals evil". Pure racism.
I am Russian. I am against the war, I have many friends in Ukraine, this is a tragedy for me too, I hate Putin, I protested until it threatened my life and the life of my family.
Now I can’t directly donate to Ukraine - they will put me in jail or kill me for it. But I could buy the game so you could have money to help the Ukrainians. but you tell me no, keep this money for yourself, spend it in Russia so that Putin has money for missiles ... you are hypocrites and racists.