CARY – Epic Games, publisher of the globally popular Fortnite, says it’s joining the growing list of companies halting business with Rusia – but with a caveat.

Communications must continue, the privately held company said via Twitter.

“Epic is stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine,” the tweet reads.

“We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open.”

IBM, SAS, Raleigh-based Red Hat, Labcorp and tech firms with deep roots in the Triangle such as Google, Apple and Microsoft, also have curtailed or halted business in Russia since it invaded Ukraine.

A salute to Poland

Meanwhile, CEO and founder Tim Sweeney – one of the world’s richest individuals with a fortune numbering in the billions- tweeted a shoutout to Poland, which is supporting Ukraine.

“In every era, Poland has marched to the defense of the free world,” Sweeney wrote. “The free world has seldom shown appreciation. But Poles don’t march for appreciation, they march because they’re badass Poles.”

More about Ukraine:

Red Hat discontinues operations in Russia, is helping evacuate Ukraine employees

IBM suspends ‘all business’ in Russia, joins growing exodus of companies

Labcorp closes Ukraine office, considers Russia business on ‘case by case’ basis