Sony has ceased selling PlayStation systems and software in Russia, making it the latest big company to pull out due to the Ukraine conflict.
Sony’s video game division announced in a statement on Wednesday that all software and hardware shipments, as well as the launch of the new racing game Gran Turismo 7, had been halted in the nation. In Russia, the PlayStation Store will also be unavailable.
The business declared,
“Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) supports the worldwide community in asking for peace in Ukraine.”
“To provide humanitarian help, Sony Group Corporation announced a $2 million commitment to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international non-governmental organization Save the Children to support the victims of this catastrophe,” the firm said in a statement.
McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Starbucks have all halted business in Russia following widespread condemnation of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Video game businesses began taking efforts to cut connections with Russia last week. Electronic Arts and CD Projekt, the creators of the sci-fi game Cyberpunk 2077, have announced that they will stop selling games and material in Russia and Belarus.
Microsoft said on Friday that all new sales of its products and services, including Xbox gaming consoles, software, and subscription services, will be halted in Russia. The next day, Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, followed suit, announcing that it was “ending trade with Russia in our games.”
Sony’s decision is one of the most momentous in the business to date. According to industry sources, the business has the largest footprint in Russia of any console producer.
“Sony has the greatest installed base, so if a console maker has a particularly difficult option from a purely financial one, it’s Sony,” Lewis Ward, head of gaming at research firm IDC, recently told CNBC.