As game companies around the world continue to join the boycott against Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Ubisoft and Take-Two are the latest to suspend sales and installs for Russian customers.
French mega-publisher Ubisoft announced in an updated blog post that it has decided to suspend all physical and digital sales in Russia, citing the “Ongoing tragedy in Ukraine” would supposedly suspend sales of physical and digital games in the country, according to a Bloomberg report.
Take-Two issued a similar statement, announcing a temporary block to sales and installs of new games in Russia and Belarus, as well as the suspension of all marketing support in both countries. The ban extends to all of the company’s subsidiaries, including 2K Games and Rockstar – developers of the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto series, which is said to be the third most popular game in Russia, behind Counter-Strike and DoTA 2.
Ubisoft and Take-Two join an ever-growing list of major game companies that have taken action in response to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. Last week, EA removed Russian and Belarusian teams from its FIFA and NHL game rosters and then suspended sales of its games in in-game currencies in Russia altogether. Activision Blizzard and Epic Games have also halted game and virtual item sales in the country.
Other major companies that have taken similar action and suspended sales in Russia include Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, CD Projekt Red, Netflix, Google, TikTok, PayPal, Adobe and Apple, among others.
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