After Apple, the Ukrainian authorities called on Playstation and Xbox to leave the Russian market and cease their activities in the territory of Vladimir Putin. The aim of the maneuver being to encourage the Russian people “to proactively end the conflict”.
After the start of the invasion of Ukraine, many multinationals responded to the call of the country’s authorities to act against the Russian war effort, at their level of course. This is particularly the case in France with several operators such as Free, Orange and SFR, which have lowered the price of calls to Ukraine, or Apple internationally, which has announced the suspension of sales of its products on the Russian territory.
In sporting terms, theRussian teams are gradually banned from all international competitions such as the 2022 World Cup or all the world rugby, handball or basketball championships. Without surprise, many video game players have also mobilized to support the Ukrainian people. This is for example the case of the Polish studio 11 Bit Studios, the dads of the excellent anti-war game This War of Mine or the GOG platform. For its part, the Ukrainian studio GSC Game World, currently at work on the long-awaited sequel to Stalker, appealed to everyone’s generosity by making donations to the Ukrainian armed forces.
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Ukraine asks Playstation and Xbox to leave Russia
Regarding the major American players in the industry such as Playstation and Xbox, the Ukrainian authorities demand the cessation of their activities on Russian territory. Indeed, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov calls on them to unite against Russian aggression. “To all development and gaming companies and esports platforms, the Russian Federation has carried out a deceptive and outrageous military attack on my country! Imagine that in 2022 cruise missiles attack residential areas, kindergartens and hospitals in the heart of Europe”, he asserts.
He pursues : “We need your support – in 2022 modern technology may be the best answer to tanks, multiple rocket launchers and missiles.” In the rest of his missive, politician calls on Playstation and Xbox to temporarily block Russian and Belarusian accounts, to temporarily stop the participation of teams and players of these nationalities, and to cancel all sports events taking place in these territories. Mykhailo Fedorov has also asked Riot Games (League of Legends), Electronics Arts, Ubisoft and Wargaming to close their respective offices in Russia.