Sony and Nintendo each announce that they will suspend shipments of PlayStation and Switch to Russia, as well as games. This follows the war in Ukraine and the Russian invasion.
A break for Sony and Nintendo in Russia
“Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) joins the global community in its call for peace in Ukraine”says the group on Twitter. “We have suspended all game and console shipments, the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and PlayStation Store operations in Russia”, he added. Sony takes the opportunity to recall its donation of 2 million dollars to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and to the organization Save the Children to support the victims of this war in Ukraine.
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Nintendo is also suspending shipments to Russia, a spokesperson told Bloomberg. This decision is due to two reasons: the fact that the eShop has been unavailable in Russia since March 4 due to the suspension of ruble transactions by Nintendo’s payment service provider and “logistical disruptions”. Nintendo does not say more on this point.
Global companies such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, IKEA, Adidas or Chanel have announced the temporary freezing of their activities in Russia. Microsoft, which deals in particular with the Xbox, had itself declared last week that it was suspending the “new sales” of its products and services in the country.
Other tech companies have made a similar choice. Apple, for example, has stopped selling iPhones and its other products in Russia. On the side of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, there is talk of blocking Russian state media publications.