Fishers, IN asked in International Law and Gaming

Q: Offering our online-based game in Russia - are there sanction implications?

We (a US-based entity) have an online-based game and were approached by an entity in Russia that wants to license the game from us to expand that game into their territory. Are there current sanctions that would prevent us from offering our game to people in Russia?

Please note that the game is online only. There is no downloaded software - it is played by accessing a website. The licensor in Russia would handle all payments on their end and remit payment to us monthly as Chinese Yuan.

The game in question is

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2 Lawyer Answers
Stanislav Kshevitskii
Stanislav Kshevitskii
  • International Law Lawyer
  • Moscow

A: It is advisable to divide your question into 2 parts. The first part concerns compliance with US legislation regarding sanctions against Russian legal entities and individuals. The second part of the question is related to the retaliatory sanctions of the Russian authorities against American companies. For legitimate work, you need to fulfill the requirements of both States. To answer your question, you will need to provide information about your company and your Russian partners.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • International Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: The sanctions landscape can change, so it's crucial to consult with legal counsel and monitor updates from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to ensure compliance with any new developments in sanctions related to Russia.

Stanislav Kshevitskii agrees with this answer

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