By Suspending Mobile Gaming in Russia, Aristocrat Rises to the Top of Social Responsibility in iGamingPublished March 16, 2022 by Lee R
The care which Aristocrat is showing for its Russia-based employees is shining an even better light on social responsibility in iGaming.
Renowned slots manufacturer Aristocrat has provided a major update on the significant holdings it maintains in currently embattled Ukraine.
New Report on Russia
The report on the impact of the Russian invasion revealed an update on the approximately 1000 People working for business units within Aristocrat’s Ukraine-based Pixel United business.
Aristocrat's Employee Support
Aristocrat confirmed assistance for “over two-thirds of our Ukraine-based employees and their families to voluntarily relocate, either internationally or to safer locations within the country.”
Transitional Task Force
Aristocrat further confirmed the creation of a dedicated task force in Poland designed to assist all families and staff of Aristocrat's Ukraine based operations.
According to the announcement, “Aristocrat is providing transport, visas and legal help, housing and settling-in assistance for relocated staff.”
Throughout the conflict, Aristocrat has maintained a steady stream of funds, shelter, emergency supplies and other direct aid.
Ukraine staff is being successfully relocated according to the company, empowered to work remotely through other Pixel United studio divisions around Europe, with a new office set to open soon in Wroclaw, Poland.
Aristocrat's Statement Against Russia
Aristocrat addressed the situation in Russia directly by saying:
“Unfortunately, operating in Russia is currently not viable and Aristocrat confirms it will suspend operating our mobile games in Russia.”
Russia's Historical Contribution
Aristocrat further revealed that Russia has historically contributed an estimated 3% of total Pixel United bookings. As for employees based in Russia under the Aristocrat umbrella, the company said it is “exploring our strategic options and we will continue to do what we can to support our Russia-based employees.”
These are important measures Aristocrat is taking, to assert a global stance against the Russian invasion and find a way to take care of all private employees in both Ukraine and Russia.
Expanding the Social Component
As the self-proclaimed global leader in casino games, innovative technology and customer experience solutions, Aristocrat has at this point grown to establish and maintain major operations across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The measures in the Ukraine and Russia only solidify the company's ability to adapt to the most extreme conditions and continue to take care of its employees.
Increasing Aristocrat's Profile
In addition to Aristocrat's end-to-end solutions delivered across the globe, Aristocrat will likely increase its social responsibility stature in this quick response to the rapidly emerging Russia-Ukraine crisis.
The new level of social responsibility would seem to go hand-in-hand with Aristocrat's pre-established ongoing commitment to lead in promoting responsible gameplay, which can reverberate across the whole industry and has the potential to enrich the social reputation of the iGaming immeasurably.