Wargaming has fired Sergey Burkatovskiy, Creative Director of World of Tanks, after publicly showing support for Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Burkatovskiy said he supported “the functioning of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Lugansk People’s Republic)”.
A day later, he replied to the same message saying that he had “ran with VG” (VG translates to WG and refers to Wargaming).
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“Sergey Burkatovskiy expressed his personal opinion on social networks, which categorically does not reflect the company’s position,” said a representative of the Belarusian company. “He was made redundant and no longer works for the company.”
Wargaming was founded in 1998 in Belarus. It currently has its central offices in Cyprus, but employs hundreds of people in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
The kyiv study donated thirty million grivnas (about one million dollars) to the Ukrainian Red Cross in response to the Russian invasion.
The company, furthermore, also made changes to its online advertising, which it crippled and redesigned to eliminate images of tanks and military vehicles. The new advertisement can be seen in all countries, at least in Ukraine, which believe that “it is inappropriate and insensitive to promote our games while the country is at the center of the conflict”.