Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Sony has become the latest corporation to announce that it is withdrawing its products and services from the country. The move came soon after Sony announced that Gran Turismo 7 in Russia would be halted.
In a statement, Sony Interactive Entertainment said, “Sony Interactive Entertainment supports the worldwide community in advocating for peace in Ukraine.” “All software and hardware shipments, the launch of Gran Turismo 7, and PlayStation Store activities in Russia have been halted.”
Sony also said that it would donate $2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international non-governmental organization Save the Children to aid victims of the invasion.
Bungie, which Sony is acquiring, has stated that all Destiny 2 sales and transactions would be suspended in Russia and Belarus. Players in certain regions can still play Destiny 2 content they’ve previously bought and download the free game, but they won’t be able to purchase additional content or Silver. Players will be able to wear a yellow and blue Coнник free symbol to demonstrate their support for the Ukrainian people.
The number of businesses withdrawing their services and products from Russia continues to rise. Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Netflix, Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, EA, Amazon, CD Projekt Red, Ubisoft, Apple, and Take-Two Interactive are just a few of the companies who have responded. According to The Verge, Nintendo has placed its Russian eShop on hold since its payment processor has stopped taking rubles. In addition, following the invasion, the Japanese gaming behemoth has postponed Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.
Cogent, an internet service provider, recently announced the termination of its business with Russian customers. Lumen Technologies, another internet backbone provider, also announced the closure of its operations in Russia. Among its Russian clients are telecom companies Rostelecom and TransTelekom and mobile operators MTS, Megafon, and VEON.