The “political atmosphere,” according to a message from the publisher to Ukrainian game designers, means employees would not be paid for any work. However, the presence of Ukrainian developers has rendered some perplexed and angered, particularly at a moment when individuals remaining in the country would be in urgent requirement of such funds.
Game creators heard back from Valve informing employees of the change, but the company really hasn’t remarked on the matter. It’s unclear whether the studio’s choice to avoid taking a position on the issue was motivated by politics, or whether it’s an unintended byproduct of penalties placed on Moscow as well as Belarus.
What Did The Company Say?
Tweets about the messaging just the other day indicating that this is a different and novel development. Because of the present political climate, we are prohibited to transfer financial transactions to Belarus, Russia, as well as Ukraine, thus your account data has been deleted.
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The message looks to be a generic format that doesn’t seem to be tailored to the specific circumstances. “update [your] account credentials as quickly as feasible” so that Valve may resume handing payouts,” the message continues. As previously stated, reimbursements would not be provided till the conflict is concluded.
In a new development, Valve completely ceases sending developer/publisher payments to Russia, Belarus… and Ukraine
This doesn't impact me personally (since I'm not the "owner" of any paid titles), but for anyone relying on Steam as their source of income in these trying times, pic.twitter.com/Ix6YnJM0Xj
— Vadym 🇺🇦 (@YellowAfterlife) March 18, 2022
Even though numerous people were demanding and stressing upon the company to cease this seeming censure, some believe that this move wasn’t in any way a result of ongoing politics. Several speculate that the inclusion of Ukrainian programmers with their Russian and Belorussian colleagues is due to the fact that certain Ukrainian programmers might be utilizing Russian institutions that were sanctioned. Some claim that Steam has been forced to cease transactions because of Russia’s incursion of Ukraine.
The restrictions targeting Russian programmers are expected to remain in effect. Several major platforms, including Twitch, have also stopped paying Russian artists, as discovered early last week by developers in the country.