Microsoft suspends sales in Russia, including Xbox hardware and games

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Microsoft has announced it will stop selling all of its products and services in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement by President Brad Smith, the company announced, “We are halting many aspects of our business in Russia to comply with government sanctions decisions.

“We believe that the most effective way of assisting Ukraine is to take concrete steps in coordination with the decisions of these governments, and we will take additional steps if this situation further develops.”

Smith also noted that Microsoft has already countered cyberattacks and “Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive actions against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations.”

In the candid post, Smith began, “Like the rest of the world, we are appalled, angry and saddened by the images and news emerging from the war in Ukraine, and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia.”

The company will also provide technology and financial support to humanitarian organizations in the region and will offer support to Microsoft employees based in Ukraine.

The move follows a public call from Ukraine for game companies, including Xbox, to temporarily halt support for Russia and Belarus. Since that call, CD Projekt Red and Bloober have withdrawn their games from sale in the countries, and PlayStation seems to have quietly pulled the release of Gran Turismo 7 as well.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many parts of the gaming industry have thrown their support for Ukraine, including a series of fundraisers for humanitarian organizations.
A number of humanitarian organizations are currently accepting donations and support for their efforts to help war-affected Ukrainians. They include:

  • Save the Children: Right now on the ground to provide humanitarian aid to children.
  • UNICEF: Providing emergency supplies and clean water to communities, as well as caring for children locally and away from families.
  • Project HOPE: Dispatch of medical supplies and medical care for refugees.

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