Sony Interactive Entertainment is in turn shutting down its activities in Russia. The country will no longer be supplied with games and consoles, and the PlayStation Store is inaccessible.
Sony Interactive Entertainment had not yet taken a position but it is done. Like other actors, the builder temporarily ceases activities in Russia to call for peace in Ukraine. An action that affects all PlayStation products and services.
Gran Turismo 7 and the PS5 go by the wayside
In an official press release, the video game branch of Sony announces that it is in solidarity with other companies by ceasing the delivery of games and consoles (PS4, PS5) in Russia. The launch of Gran Turismo 7 is also canceled in the territory and the PS Store closes. An economic sanction following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Sony Corporation also declares to give $2 million to refugees and the NGO Save the Children.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine. We have suspended all game and hardware shipments, as well as the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and closed the PS Store in Russia. To support humanitarian aid, Sony Corporation has announced a donation of $2 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international NGO Save the Children, to support the victims of this tragedy.
PlayStation joins Microsoft, Nintendo, and publishers
This temporary freeze of activities has been decided by a considerable number of companies around the world. As part of the video game industry, Microsoft has announced that it will suspend all new sales in Russia as well as its services. Same observation for Nintendo which stops its shipments and which has blocked the eShop for an indefinite period. An industry in unison then.
On the publisher side, EA has made arrangements, particularly around FIFA:
Activision Blizzard has halted sales of its products and is helping humanitarian organizations. Indeed, for now, 300,000 dollars have been collected but this is only the beginning:
We plan to add more charities for consideration and increase the corporate donation limit from $1,000 to $10,000.