Microsoft has suspended the sale of all its products and services in Russia.
The decision, announced through a post in its official blog by the President, Brad Smith, does not specifically name Xbox, although the division of video games seems to be included in it.
“Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angry and sad by the images and the news that come from the war in Ukraine, and condemn this unjustified and illegal invasion by Russia,” he explains.
“Today we announce that we are going to suspend all sales of new products and services from Microsoft in Russia.”
“In addition, we are coordinating and working with the United States Governments, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and we are going to paralyze many aspects of our business in Russia to comply with government decisions about sanctions.”
At the time of writing this news, digital game sales are still active at the Xbox Store in Russia, although this seems to change in the next few hours.
Much of Microsoft’s post details the company’s response to the invasion to date, including the cybersecurity of Ukraine. Specifically, Microsoft says he has collaborated to stop a recent “cyber attacks against a major Ukrainian chain”.
“As a company, we are committed to the safety of our employees in Ukraine and we are constantly contact with them to offer support in different ways, including those who have had to flee for their lives or their safety.”
“Like many others, we are with Ukraine and make an appeal to rest the peace and respect for the sovereignty of Ukraine and the protection of its inhabitants.”
Microsoft joins many other companies that have taken measures against Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. Sony, for example, made the decision yesterday from canceling the sale of great tourism 7, its last launch, in the country.
CD Projekt also announced yesterday the suspension of all sales made from Russia at its digital store, GOG, becoming the first digital distribution platform to take this measure.