Sony and Microsoft have started to suspend sales in Russia
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Two days after Ukraine’s deputy prime minister called on Sony and Microsoft to suspend Russian gaming accounts, it looks like the two companies are taking action. According to a report from Eurogamer, Sony appears to have pulled the release of its latest first-party title, Gran Turismo 7, of the nation. In its own blog post, Microsoft took more drastic action, announcing that it was suspending “all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia.”
Microsoft’s decision against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine is far more significant than Sony’s, although specific details on the effects on Russian consumers are unavailable. The company’s suspension of sales, which includes all of its products and services, likely means Russian users may not be able to purchase first-party Xbox titles, as well as Game Pass or Xbox Live subscriptions. It’s unclear if Xbox consoles are being pulled from store shelves in Russia or if Russian users will be able to continue using any of the company’s online services.
We’ve reached out to Microsoft to find out which services will be affected by its suspension of sales and will update this article when we hear more.
Although Sony has not officially announced that it will not be released Gran Turismo 7 in Russia, the game’s Russian PlayStation Store page is currently showing a gray screen with text that (when translated) reads “not available for purchase”. The worldwide launch of the game is today.
Microsoft and Sony’s actions against Russia follow a similar decision by the company behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher franchise, CD Projekt Group, which has suspended all sales in the country.