Aristocrat, the slots manufacturer, this week reported on its business operations in Ukraine and the impact of the Russian invasion.

Around 1,000 people work for business units within Aristocrat’s Pixel United business in Ukraine.

“To date, Aristocrat has assisted over two-thirds of our Ukraine-based employees and their families to voluntarily relocate, either internationally or to safer locations within the country. A special task force has been set up in Poland to assist staff and families on the ground. Aristocrat is providing transport, visas and legal help, housing and settling-in assistance for relocated staff,” the company stated.

Aristocrat continues to provide funds, shelter, emergency supplies and other direct aid, it said. Relocated staff are working remotely, supported by existing Pixel United studios across Europe. A new office will open shortly in Wroclaw, Poland.

The company added: “Unfortunately, operating in Russia is currently not viable and Aristocrat confirms it will suspend operating our mobile games in Russia. Russia has historically contributed approximately 3 per cent of total annualised Pixel United bookings. In respect of our Russia based employees, we are exploring our strategic options and we will continue to do what we can to support our Russia-based employees.”

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