Russia’s war against Ukraine has been going on for more than three weeks, and there seems to be no end in sight, although at least we can detect a slight understanding on some aspects in recent days.
In this sense, several companies and brands have shown the conduct of the Russian president a red card. And now the gaming platform Steam has also suspended payment for programmers and publishers in Russia, Belarus, and also in Ukraine.
Steam stops paying Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian programmers
Steam to rejoin now to the long list of companies that reacted to the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine, also imposing consequences. As such, the popular photo platform has suspended the possibility of any payment options for programmers and editors in Russia and Belarus. So far everything seems normal, however, what caught our attention was the fact that the American service Valve also applies these sanctions against Ukraine.
For now, the company has not explained the reason for this decision, but has sent a general message to some users where it mentions "the current environment" as the reason for the suspension of these payments to developers and publishers, which received the notification via and -mail.
In this email, Steam informs that users must then modify their bank details so that the situation is normalized:
Your banking information has been deactivated for the following reason: Due to the current environment, we are unable to send bank payments to Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Until the banking information is corrected, Valve will not be able to make any payments. Change your bank details as soon as possible. If applicable, once corrected, Valve will include any outstanding balance in the next batch of monthly payments.
In a new development, Valve is completely stopping sending payments to developers/publishers to Russia, Belarus... and Ukraine
This doesn't affect me personally (since I don't "own" any paid titles), but for anyone relying on Steam as a source of income during these trying times, pic.twitter.com/Ix6YnJM0Xj
— Vadym 🇺🇦 (@YellowAfterlife) March 18, 2022
Let's wait for more news about this, and hope that this whole catastrophic situation will be resolved as soon as possible.