Sony halts all PlayStation sales and blocks store access in Russia

Sony suspends sales of PlayStation in Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

Sony’s suspension of PlayStation services is likely to have far-reaching implications for players in Russia. Post on Russian site talks about how reports are now emerging that Russian players are having trouble accessing their existing games or the PlayStation interface because SIE has blocked access to its services in the country.

The blog post describes a way to bypass the suspension, which depends on accessing a VPN and exchanging rubles for cryptocurrency, although we cannot verify this claim.

Many gaming companies have also ceased their activities in Russia at the request of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov. Polish CD Projekt recently stopped all sales in Russia and closely associated Belarus, and EA has removed Russian clubs and players from FIFA 22.

Microsoft has also suspended all new sales of its products and services.

Ukrainian developers faced incredible difficulties and stopped development in light of the ongoing war. GSC game world, developer of Stalker and the upcoming sequel to Stalker 2, has announced that the development of its new game has been put on hold. Developer of games about Sherlock Holmes and The Sinking City, Frogwares moved from game development to daily news of the conflict on Twitter.

Ubisoft and Crytek are among the major gaming companies that have turned their attention to ensuring the safety of their studio employees in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

Gaming companies are joining many others in their withdrawal from Russia over the war with Ukraine, including AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Apple, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Ikea, H&M, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, and many more.

In response to the war in Ukraine, gamers have enthusiastically supported the package for Ukraine, which includes nearly 1,000 games. This surpassed his original goal of $100,000 and has currently raised over $3.3 million.

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