Sony PlayStation Suspends Software and Hardware Sales in Russia
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Sony has shared a statement with IGN saying it will suspend all software and hardware sales in Russia due to its recent and ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine,” the statement said. “We have suspended all software and hardware deliveries, the launch of Gran Turismo 7, and the PlayStation Store in Russia. To support humanitarian aid, Sony Group Corporation has announced a donation of US$2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ) and the international non-governmental organization Save the Children to support the victims of this tragedy.
Sony is joining numerous other gaming companies in denouncing the invasion and cutting sales from Russia and, in some cases, Russia’s neighbor Belarus. Epic Games, CD Projekt Red, EA, Microsoft, Take-Two, Ubisoft and more announced similar suspensions last week. Nintendo also delayed Advanced Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp due to the war.
Similarly, many companies have announced donations and other forms of support and assistance, including a massive itch.io package offering nearly 1,000 games for a minimum $10 donation that has already raised nearly $3 million. You can see all the companies posting statements, sharing resources and donations here.
Rebecca Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.