World of Tanks creative director fired for expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

We learned the tank world creative director was fired for expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wargaming creative director Sergey Burkatovskiy said in a now-deleted Facebook post (via Gamer on PC) that he supports “the operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and the LRP [Luhansk People’s Republic].”

Wargaming was quick to disavow his statement, claiming that his remarks are “his personal opinion, which categorically does not coincide with the position of the company”. Wargaming said they are now focused “on helping our 550+ Kyiv colleagues and their families”.

The developer is based in Belarus and employs a number of developers in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Things escalated again when Burkatovskiy posted another facebook post, saying he “broke with the VG”. While some sites translated “VG” to “WG” or Wargaming, the developer later confirmed his departure.

“Sergey Burkatovskiy has expressed his personal opinion on social media which categorically does not reflect the position of the company,” Wargaming said in a statement. “He was fired and is no longer with the company.”

Wargaming has also changed its online advertising to tank world, stop advertising globally and redesign the assets of tanks and other military vehicles rolling on the battlefield. They then resumed advertising but maintained the stop in Ukraine “because we believe it is inappropriate and insensitive to advertise our games while it is at the center of this dispute”.

News that the tank world the creative director was fired for expressing his support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the latest in a series of updates and sales halts from tech companies and game developers, expressing

Previously, Microsoft halted all new sales and services during the Ukraine War, the witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 Developer CD Projekt RED halted sales in Russia, while ESL suspended Russian esports teams and tournaments in the region. Polish developer Bloober Team has also stopped sales in the region.

Finally, it should be mentioned that Wargaming has donated 30 million hryvnia ($1 million) to the Ukrainian Red Cross to help support those affected by the invasion and the ongoing conflict.

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