Genius Sports has become the latest iGaming company to state unequivocally its position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ involvement in the conflict. Genius Sports has discontinued all commercial agreements with the two countries as of Sunday, March 6, citing the unjustified attack on a democratic neighbor as the reason.
Who is at fault, according to Genius Sports?
The sports betting and data organization expressed its concern for the Ukrainian people and the issues they confront in the wake of nearly two weeks of all-out assault on Ukraine launched by its two neighbors and what appears to be forces conscripted from the Chechen Republic and Syria.
Genius Sports has stated that it will not promote aggressive governments and has used the hashtag #standwithukraine to show sympathy with the country that has been assaulted. Genius Sports isn’t the only organization to send a strong message to the public about who is to blame for the attack.
Genius’ opinion on who the belligerent parties in the war are is reflected in the suspension of Belarusian and Russian trade connections. However, the corporation is not the only high-profile industry player to express concern for the people of Ukraine. Clarion Gaming has previously indicated that it will temporarily halt business with Russian and Belarusian firms, state bodies, and people, citing unjustified aggression against Ukraine as the cause.
Many more companies have followed suit, removing their businesses from both Russia and Belarus, or from either nation altogether. Parimatch and Bet365 were among the first to do so, and they were soon joined by businesses from across the Atlantic, with FanDuel and DraftKings withdrawing all coverage of sports events originating in or involving representatives from the two hostile countries.
More businesses are ceasing to cover Belarusian and Russian sports.
The Colorado Division of Gaming issued an ordinance on Friday forbidding the state and its licensed operators from covering Belarusian and Russian sports. Last week, Le Vegas Group said that it will no longer provide sports betting events featuring Belarusian or Russian sports or players, in order to avoid endorsing such countries and athletes.
Other aspects of the gambling experience have been affected as well. NagaCorp, the owner of the NagaWorld Casino Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has announced that work on the Vladivostok Casino project in Russia will be suspended until the Ukrainian war is settled.
Finally, the gambling business has issued a severe warning to its Russian and Belarusian colleagues. While it may not be their direct fault that this is happening, the globe has united to condemn the illegal invasion of Ukraine, and corporations have quickly followed suit.
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