Sony Group’s games division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, has announced that it will halt shipments and sales of hardware and software to Russia in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The company added that the PlayStation Store would no longer be accessible to Russian gamers and that it had also canceled the Russian release of Gran Turismo 7, its most successful racing game series.
“Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine”, a company spokesperson told CNBC. “To support humanitarian aid, Sony Group Corporation announced a donation of $2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international NGO Save the Children to support the victims of this tragedy” , says a statement from the company.
A similar decision was made by another major Japanese game company, Nintendo, which announced that it would suspend shipments of all products to Russia. “for the foreseeable future…due to the considerable volatility surrounding the logistics of shipping and distributing physical goods.” Nintendo last week put its online retail platform, eShop, into maintenance mode in Russia after its payment provider suspended Russian ruble transactions.
Sony and Nintendo are just the latest in a series of major brands and international companies that have suspended operations in Russia after Moscow launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Other big names that have halted operations in the country include Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Universal Pictures, Spotify, Netflix, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
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