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 Wargaming.net 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 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.
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!