Sony announced that Play Stationinteractive entertainment section Suspended the sale of hardware and software products in Russia. Be careful, because they have also stopped selling games and services through the PlayStation Store. In the previous week, they had already done it braking The launch of the .. the launch of the .. the take off of the Grand Touring 7 in the region.
Sony Interactive Entertainment joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine. We have suspended all shipments of hardware and software, and the release of Grand Touring 7and PlayStation Store operations in Russia. To support humanitarian aid, Sony Group Corporation announced a 2 million dollars donate To the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the international NGO Save the Children to support the victims of this tragedy.”
With this move, PlayStation Follow in Microsoft’s footstepswhat or what equally Stop marketing Xbox consoles and games in that country. Everything is connected, of course, with Invasion of Ukrainewhich is still condemned by much of the tech sector.
Sony’s decision, regarding its impact on the Russian video game industry, is more important than Microsoft’s. why? PlayStation leads the video game console market in this country. At a time when various competitors are moving their chips to win the current generation race, giving up income from such an important region will not be easy. However, this was clearly the way forward given the general moves in the sector.
“PlayStation has the foundation [de consolas] The biggest proven company, so if a company in this market has a particularly difficult choice from a purely financial point of view, it’s Sony.” CNBC Lewis Ward, Head of Video Game Research at IDC.
PlayStation joins other industry giants
In addition to Sony and Microsoft, other leading video game companies have stopped sales in Russia. electronic artsIn fact, he was one of the first to move in the withdrawal of Russian teams from FIFA 22 And the NHL. However, after a few days they stopped selling all their games and services in the country, even from third party stores.
for this part, Red Projekt CDResponsible for the magician And the Cyberpunk 2077 movie, not only stopped their sales, but also donated just over 180,000 euros to the humanitarian organization Polska Akcja Humanitarn. “We know that players from Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be affected by this decision, but with this action we want to increase pressure on the global community to talk about what is happening in the heart of Europe,” said the Polish studio.
Before PlayStation, the last time it joined the suspension of sales in Russia take two And the Ubisoft. The first, which contains a catalog GTstated the following: “We have watched with concern and sadness the development of recent events in Ukraine. After much consideration, we decided last week to discontinue new sales, formulations and marketing support on all our brands in Russia and Belarus for this time.” Moment.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft has halted sales of both physical and digital games. They noted that “in light of the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to suspend our sales in Russia.”
Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine does not appear to be ending any time soon, so sanctions will likely remain in place for a long time.
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