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A Reflection About Recent Events & Wargaming Donation to Red Cross

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With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we are living a moment that will mark humanity’s history forever. Our grandsons and granddaughters will read about this conflict in their history books and look back to us the same way we look back to all those in 1938 when Nazi Germany started invading other countries and did nothing about it for a long time.

I’ve been receiving several messages for me to express my opinion about what’s going on, but if you all know me, I try my hardest to stay impartial, neutral and focused on the content I want for the blog, and keep political and controversial matters outside the blog. I usually discuss these on The Daily Bounce Discord or I just don’t say anything at all. Today I have to say something, even if it’s just a little bit about Wargaming and what is going on with the world.

A couple of days ago, Siergiej Burkatowski, also known as “Serb”, was invited to leave Wargaming. For those who don’t know him, he was Wargaming Creative Director and has been with the company for a very, very long time. He was known in the World of Tanks community as the “nerfer” of tanks (remember the file easter egg on the Black Market) and he was heavily involved in World of Tanks from the start, but later he took a “backbench” position and been away from frontline decisions for a few years.

Siergiej left after his post on Facebook, (quoting) “I support the operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR and the LPR. The rest are nuances.”. Wargaming took his position very seriously, after all, Wargaming has offices in Kyiv with over 550 employees and released a statement that Siergiej’s words were his own personal opinion and at they were in complete contradiction with the company’s position. Wargaming also explained they helped their employees and their families, that wanted or needed help, to relocate or leave Kyiv, after all, their safety comes first and a war is raging in the country.

At Wargaming, the safety and security of our employees is the top priority. Currently, all available company resources are helping and supporting our 550+ colleagues: providing them with alternate housing, early salary payments, additional funds to aid travel and relocation. We are helping our employees’ families to travel to neighbouring countries and organizing accommodation for them.<span class="su-quote-cite">Wargaming</span>

At the start of the invasion, Wargaming also paused all their advertisement campaigns for their games worldwide, amid the Russian-Ukraine War, asking affiliates to avoid promoting their games for an indefinite period and to halt all World of Tanks, Warplanes and Warships ad campaigns featuring images of military equipment.

Today, they resumed the advertisement campaigns, banners and texts have been changed and all partners were asked to resume their campaigns using the new material, but the request explicitly asks to exclude Ukraine. The reason is simple: Wargaming doesn’t want to publicise their war game in a country being devasted by war. Understandable.

While some seem to have misunderstood this message, me included at first, Wargaming has now made it very clear where they stand. Wargaming Kyiv announced they have donated $1,000,000 to Ukrainian Red Cross.

Wargaming Kyiv is donating 30 million hryvnias to Червоний Хрест України. These funds will be used to support Ukrainian hospitals and doctors, citizens who have been displaced and other vital activities of the humanitarian organization as is needed. We will be able to proceed with further humanitarian help if the situation requires it. <span class="su-quote-cite">Wargaming Kyiv</span>

With this donation, Wargaming will be helping many Ukrainians that need humanitarian help, including the children who are being wounded and killed because of this conflict. I would like to send my appreciation for what Wargaming has done so far.

All this said I and my wife decided we can’t just sit at home and watch what is going on and do nothing. We have both decided we want to help the Ukrainian people, so keep an eye out for a new article soon, where we will share some thoughts and ask for your help too!

Слава Україні, Героям Слава!

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3 thoughts on “A Reflection About Recent Events & Wargaming Donation to Red Cross

  1. I believe this is nothing more than a PR stunt. How many more of WG employees in Belarus or Russia think the same as Serb but did not post on FB? Victor Kislyi must publicly condemn Russia, Putin and Belarus! Cut all ties with both countries. Anything less is support of those dictatorships and their continued violence. Kislyi needs to show real courage. If enough political pressure comes to bare, Putin will withdraw. I have been a loyal player for many years and do not write emails like this.

  2. @Robert King. Ok so firing one of their leading employee for Pro-russian comments about the war and donating $1.000.000 to the red cross is just a PR stunt. Wow that is a powerfull PR stunt. Thanks for clarifying that dumb***. I think your brain is having uncontrolable farts. 1 bad russian doesn’t make all russians bad. +1 to WG for doing this.

  3. Problem is, that he was still under contract when he published his opinion that he supports invasion on a sovereign country, and his contractor did know about his behaviors in the past and did nothing

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