PlayStation and Nintendo halt shipments to Russia, the Japanese gaming giants announced on Thursday, as international brands increasingly halt operations in the country following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sony Group, which owns PlayStation, said in a statement that its video game unit “joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine.”
“We have suspended all shipments of software and hardware, the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and the operation of the PlayStation Store in Russia,” it said.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 9, 2022
The tech and entertainment conglomerate also said it is donating US$2 million (around Rs.15.2 million) to the UN Refugee Agency and Save the Children “to support the victims of this tragedy”.
A growing number of multinationals, from McDonald’s to Adidas and Samsung, have all or partially shut down operations in Russia following the invasion of the neighboring country.
Some have cited the disruption to the supply chain, while others have directly linked the move to outrage over President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine.
A Nintendo spokesman told AFP that the Kyoto-based company behind the popular Switch console is suspending all shipments of goods to Russia “for now,” without giving details on the start date or expected end of the move.
“There are two reasons. One is that our e-shop (in Russia) has been under maintenance since March 4, because the payment provider stopped ruble transactions. Another is a logistical disruption,” the spokesman said.