Ubisoft and Take-Two are the latest gaming companies to stop sales in Russia.
People in Russia will not be able to buy or install “GTA V”, among other games.
Several major gaming companies are joining the boycott against Russia, with Ubisoft and Take-Two putting their business on hold amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Recently, Ubisoft updated a blog post in which it expressed its support for Ukraine and its team members based there, to announce that it is interrupting sales in Russia.
Russia is still without video games
In the meantime, Take-Two stopped selling games and stopped marketing assistance in Russia and Belarus. The editor also told GamesIndustry.biz that he is preventing people from the two countries from installing their games. These include Grand Theft Auto V, which is believed to be the third most popular game in Russia, after Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, based on monthly active users.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, many notable gaming companies have withdrawn from Russia, including Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Microsoft, EA and CD Projekt. Sony also removed Gran Turismo 7 from its Russian storefront, while Nintendo stopped Switch eShop payments.
Other major companies have closed or limited services and sales in Russia, including Google, Netflix, TikTok, PayPal, Adobe, the main internet provider Cogent and Meta. Samsung also stopped delivering products to the country, while Apple suspended all sales there.
For example, streaming giant Netflix is suspending its service in Russia. The reason why the company made such a decision is clearly and obviously: the invasion of Ukraine. Netflix joins many entertainment companies, but also other giants in other niches, who choose to close the “door in the face” of Russia, as long as Vladimir Putin continues the war against the citizens of Ukraine.
Netflix has already discontinued its entire production business, as well as acquisitions in the territory, according to Deadline. Moreover, the production of the Russian series “Zato” was stopped, as an additional and punitive measure.