The war in Ukraine has led to many sanctions for Russia in recent days. And if the video game industry was not too concerned for the moment, things are probably moving on this subject.
Indeed, Ukraine has directly addressed PlayStation, Xbox and other important publishers.
Many Western countries have decided to boycott Russia in specific areas, including economic, diplomatic, and sports. The terrible conflict raging in Ukraine has also caused companies to withdraw from the Russian market in protest. Some players in the video game industry have also spoken out.
For example, Embracer Group, Ubisoft or CD Projekt RED. The Polish studio promised to donate about 200,000 euros to a humanitarian organization based in Poland that helps refugees. Other firms, such as 11 bit studios, will donate part of their profits to the Ukrainian Red Cross. In the end, all we were waiting for was a statement from the major manufacturers.
It was through a tweet that Mykhailo Fedorov, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, called on PlayStation and Xbox to leave the Russian market.
You are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now. Russia declare war not for Ukraine but for all civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market!
@Xbox @PlayStation— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 2, 2022
You are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now. Russia declare war not for Ukraine but for all civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market! pic.twitter.com/tnQr13BsSv
In a more comprehensive statement, Fedorov calls on both brands to block the accounts of Russian and Belarusian players as well as temporarily suspend esport teams of these nationalities from all international competitions. Finally, the deputy prime minister calls on Riot Games, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Wargaming to close their offices in Russia. No publisher or manufacturer has responded to this statement yet.
Source: Video Games Chronicle