Entropia News: Notice #StandWithUkraine

Discussion in 'Entropia News' started by EP-Newsbot, Mar 10, 2022.

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    Like many of you, MindArk is saddened and angered by the unjustified and unlawful Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    The MindArk PE AB Board of Directors has therefore decided to indefinitely suspend all financial transactions to and from Russia. This includes disabling of new accounts from Russia, as well as deposits to and withdrawals from Entropia Universe by persons and/or entities located in Russia.

    Later today, MindArk will be donating 50,000 USD to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to help Ukrainians in need due to the conflict. For more information about the UNHCR, visit: https://sverigeforunhcr.se/ukraina.

    In addition, 10% of MindArk’s revenue generated in Entropia Universe between March 10, 2022 and April 10, 2022 (minus today’s donation of 50,000 USD), will be donated to the UNHCR, allowing Entropians to also help those in need via their activity in Entropia Universe.

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  2. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    50k + revenue share + sanctions... that sure deserves a thumbs up... hopefully MA have a cash cow in Russia with some influence. It's a long shot of course but you never know - possibly it could be part of wider upset at least. Sure wish this madness would stop.
  3. San


    "... allowing Entropians to also help ..."

    How I despise corporate euphemisms. The writers of these blurbs are probably so much trained that they don't notice it anymore. "Allowing" is giving someone a choice. Taking it out of the income which otherwise would be redistributed through the regular mechanisms is something else. If there was an in-game donation box or something, that would be "allowing". In principle, this is totally superfluous of course since everyone is free to donate any which way they can, it just is a kind of reminder.

    Okay, I get it that one wants to do something, anything, in the current environment. That the news about it are heavily censored and one-sided, nobody wants to hear though. In some places we've come as far as punishing people who point out truths not currently in favour. Or even those who just fail to join into the universal virtue signalling. A company which is sort of unfree to ignore the flow, it's almost impossible not to. Several months later and the crisis still not over nor our political leaderships one bit wiser in their responses to it, I want to take it as a good sign for MA that this was limited to one month. It should be tax-deductible anyway.

    On the other hand, the part about sanctioning players and effectively withholding their rightful possessions on the sole basis of their country of residence is a total no-go. But even that is en-vogue nowadays. Again. (Ever read "Sleepwalkers" by Christopher Clark?) Government sanctions against money transfers to and from Russia may be a hindrance, and MA could declare force majeure. But they didn't.
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  4. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Was discussing with a friend (Az from Entropia way back when). He pointed out that with the financial systems being kinda shut off it's probably not so much that MA are choosing to withhold but more they'd have to go to some effort to continue sending money to Russia... and that is somewhat frowned upon at the moment to put it mildly... might be it isn't even allowed or at least without negative consequences.

    As for the player thing yes of course everyone can and probably should donate as most of the involved charities are providing medical/food or shelter aid and who should be against that? No harm in MA donating some share of the profits off of player activities. Lets face it players will play anyhow, even if they are unlikely to inflate their play due to the donation it's nice to think that some of that play time/money went to a good cause.

  5. Many of it's citizens don't agree with, nor have any control over what their government is doing, so don't agree with MA on this.
  6. San


    That's what I meant to point out, but they chose not to say so. Otoh the sentiment created in public space would punish them if they said anything to the tune of they didn't agree but were forced to. A company dependent on its public image can seldom afford that. This is the part I find so problematic because it throws a whole people under the bus, while until recently everything was about anti-discrimination. Doesn't anyone find it strange how we made a 180 degree u-turn in such a short time? In my view it is utterly bigoted how it turns out that you can discriminate against one _kind_ of people with impunity, or are even required to lest you get accused of siding with them, but not against another _kind_ regardless of what they do to you (trying to avoid the r-word like the plague but probably even that doesn't work.)
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  7. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Yup. And it's not just about that. It's happening everywhere and on more and more topics. "Twitter can censor whoever they want" when the initial Hunter Biden laptop story broke (or when certain people were being mass-banned/shadow banned), and it's the same people screaming loudest that Elon Musk should not be allowed to own the same platform.

    I also laughed about how the very same people screaming that vaccinations ought to be mandatory, are the same ones screaming "My body, my choice" after the overturning of Roe Vs Wade. (I am triple vaxed, and do believe the recent overturning of Row vs Wade is a bad thing. I am mostly on the side of these people, except I feel this freedom of choice is always for the individual, and thus am firmly against making vaccinations mandatory).

    There's a lot of hypocrisy everywhere in the media (and Twatter) nowadays, and it's harder and harder to find unbiased news.
  8. San


    There are no unbiased news, never have been and never will be. The key is to get the viewpoints from all sides if you want to know anything at all. And being allowed to do so by your own decision. They may all sugar-coat and obfuscate or outright lie. But only this way you get the maximum possible number of puzzle pieces and can determine which parts are verifiable and which are not. But when your own authorities step in and try to force only one side on you, then a breaking point is reached. We thought in '89 that was a thing of the past but here we are firmly beyond that point yet again. And this time, it's not going to end well. Enjoy your games while you can.
  9. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Oh, I do try to research things and get opposing views/stories (Fox News and Washington Post, and then the truth is probably somewhere in the middle). It's gotten more blatant nowadays, I think, and I suspect largely due to newspapers (and traditional news) getting trusted less and less. So a lot of it is advertisement driven nowadays, ideologically driven (less independent news organizations, as tons of them have been bought up), and at times it's just clickbaity crap to desperately try and lure in some suckers for the ad revenue (certain gaming companies work in a similar fashion).

    But yeah, things being forced onto people? The 2020 election pretty much had big tech messing with the election. In large parts, a majority of the people didn't mind, because "the right guy" won, but it's scary as hell that a few lines of code unknowingly can tilt elections one way or the other.

    At some point, politicians might have some sort of backroom deal with these tech companies that isn't in the best interest of the general population, but you'd never hear about it, because you'd never even get to read the story. Scary stuff indeed.
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  10. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    It's a tricky one. Indeed why punish the innocent rather than Putin and chums? Complicated answer. This one comes to mind...

    I don't know if it's true or not (change comes through the barrel of the gun) but certainly pissing off the inhabitants of an entire country seem one of the few non-violent ways to at least try and stop said country's leaders from doing the crazy shit. Of course,... this doesn't take into account counter measures like shutting down all independent media and arresting everyone and their bicycle that disagrees with said leadership... but well, I guess we tried. Sorta reminds me of that line from Hitch hikers:

    Prosser: "You can't lie in front of the bull dozer indefinitely"
    Dent: "I'm game! We'll see who rusts first!"

    Fairly certain we'll all be held to ransom over Gas this coming Winter. Which reminds me I should buy and electric fan heater while I still can...
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  11. Very tricky. EU could have thousands of players from Russia for all we know, so MA would be losing a lot of their player base by effectively not allowing them to play the game and there isn't a huge player base as it is! As to the other issue, fuel prices will definitely be going right up going by the news this morning, even though BP, Shell and others have made huge profits. In turn, energy suppliers like e-on will have to increase their prices to customers.
  12. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    The idea of not allowing money transfer into Russia is not fueling the Russian economy. Each and every cent counts. For this purpose it doesn't matter whether someone is supporting or opposing Russia invasion of Ukraine war. Restricting someone's gaming habits is less a loss of freedom than children bodies torn apart by Russian rockets.
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  13. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Yeh I heard that too... including their pitiful whining that "no one cared when they were running deficits so why all care when they make mega profit?". I think the world will struggle to make violin tiny enough for that one...
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