With the eyes of the world fixed on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, gaming companies have been quick to take every action they can against Russia in support of Ukraine.
Today, it looks like Sony is joining companies like CD Projekt Red in no longer selling games in Russia. Sony hasn’t made an official announcement regarding this position, but Eurogamer reports that the decision to make Gran Turismo 7 unavailable for purchase in Russia was a decision made by PlayStation last night, March 3.
“Eurogamer understands that the decision not to sell the game in Russia was made by PlayStation last night,” read the Eurogamer article.
Eurogamer notes that Sony has yet to respond to requests for additional comment on this. Whatever the reason behind this, what is confirmed is that GT7 is no longer available on the Russian PlayStation Store, with the landing page displaying the text “Release date awaiting confirmation”.
Given that Gran Turismo 7 is due out today, March 4, it’s clear that this text means GT7 won’t be purchasable today on the Russian PlayStation Store at launch. It’s unclear whether Sony will do the same for its other titles, with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Federov tagging Xbox and PlayStation in a tweet asking them to stop supporting Russian markets.
You are certainly aware of what is happening in Ukraine at the moment. Russia declares war not on Ukraine but on the whole civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market! pic.twitter.com/tnQr13BsSv
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 2, 2022
Even if it seems unimportant to stop sales in Russia, any support given to Ukraine is not only welcome, but requested. Again, a number of other companies have halted sales of their products in Russia and Belarus, including Polish studios Bloober Team and CD Projekt Red.
Not only is CD Projekt Red stopping game sales in Russia, they are also blocking all purchases from Russia on their digital store, GOG.com. For more on this, be sure to read our previous article where we covered CD Projekt Red’s decision to halt sales in Russia and Belarus.