Microsoft suspends sales of products and services in Russia

Microsoft has suspended sales of all of its products and services in Russia.

The decision, announced by a post above official blog because the president, Brad Smith, does not specifically name Xbox, although the video game division seems to be part of it.

“As much as the rest of the world, we are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the images and news of the war in Ukraine, and we condemn this unjust and illegal invasion by Russia,” he explains.

“Today we are announcing that we will suspend all sales of new Microsoft products and services in Russia.”

“Additionally, we are coordinating and working with the governments of the United States, European Union and United Kingdom, and we will cripple many aspects of our business in Russia to comply with government decisions on sanctions.”

As of this writing, digital game sales are still active in the Russian Xbox Store, though that looks set to change in the coming hours.

Much of Microsoft’s post details the company’s response to the invasion to date, including Ukraine’s cybersecurity. In fact, Microsoft says it collaborated to stage a recent “cyberattack on a major Ukrainian channel.”

“As a company, we are committed to the safety of our employees in Ukraine and are in constant contact with them to offer support in various ways, including those who have sought to protect their lives or safety.”

“Like many others, we stand with Ukraine and call for the restoration of peace and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and the protection of its people.”

Microsoft is one of many other companies that have taken action against Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. Sony, for example, yesterday took the decision to cancel the sale of Gran Turismo 7, its latest launch, in the country.

CD Projekt also announced yesterday the suspension of all legal sales from Russia on its digital store, GOG, convincing the leading digital distribution platform to take the step.




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