May 26, 2022

Sony is the latest company to take business out of Russia in the event the country invades neighboring Ukraine.

Sony’s gaming division Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will stop deliveries of hardware and software to Russia due to growing hostility from the Russian government.

The company also noted that it will suspend access to the PlayStation Store, Sony’s online game store, and close the Russian launch of Gran Turismo 7, the popular racing game that has earned more than $4 billion so far.

Sony is keeping an eye on several other tech and gaming companies that have suspended operations in Russia, including competitor Microsoft, which announced it would stop sales in the country on March 4.

In the early days of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov called on the gaming industry to stop its activities in Russia, especially Microsoft and Sony. Fedorov also urged the export world to suspend the work of Russian competitors and cancel all events in the country. “By 2022, modern technology could be the best answer to tanks, multiple rocket launchers and missiles,” he wrote.

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