Earlier this month, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, requested Sony and Microsoft in an open letter to temporarily suspend accounts for users from Belarus or Russia. We saw this letter was posted on Twitter recently, appealing for assistance. And it appears that both firms heard the request. As now Sony suspend PlayStation sales in Russia.
Microsoft said last week that it will cease all new sales of its products and services in Russia. This comprises Xbox systems, software, and the subscription services that they offer. This was said by Microsoft President Brad Smith in a statement. However, it is unclear whether this has any effect on active subscribers at this time.
A few days after Microsoft spoke out, Sony responded to the request. And it may not be a surprise to many, but Sony is taking a similar stance. They posted the news on Twitter they have stopped selling PlayStation hardware and software in Russia.
Now the latest Gran Turismo has just launched and this also won’t be available in Russia along with access to the PlayStation Store. This statement was also shared with IGN.
They are just one of many companies around the world taking stance on this. Not just in the gaming industry but retail and entertainment. Hopefully we see a sign of peace soon. It doesn’t look like we are close to an end to this situation. We have already seen development on STALKER 2 put on hold whilst GSC focus on their employees and their families. However what do you think of this news. Whatever your thoughts, we would really appreciate hearing your input on this news.