Microsoft Confirms Suspension of Product Sales and Services in Russia

Microsoft Confirms Suspension of Product Sales and Services in Russia

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Richard Walker

Microsoft has declared that it will be ceasing the sale of products and services in Russia, as the country's invasion of Ukraine continues. The move follows a call from Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhailo Fedorov earlier this week, for Microsoft and Sony to suspend support for Russian and Belarusian accounts.

“Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia,” Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith said in a statement (via VGC).

“We are announcing today that we will suspend all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia,” he added.

It's the latest move from Microsoft in response to the situation in Ukraine, the company previously offering help to tackle Russian cyberattacks. THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group has also pledged $1 million in donations, while 11 Bit Studios is donating profits from This War of Mine during the past week. Ubisoft, CD Projekt RED, and others have also stepped forward with aid, and EA has removed Russian and Belarusian teams from both FIFA 22 and NHL 22.

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  • You would think we would learn from history about the way Japanese citizens were treated during world war 2. People always generalize an enemy people. Here’s a rule that you should live your life by. 99%of all people are good, don’t judge by the actions of the 1%
  • Most people are judging that 1%.... Mad Vlad, no normal person from any background/nation wishes war and death on others
  • It's a means of putting commercial pressure on the Russian public who can in turn put pressure on the government, whilst simultaneously not directly supporting the economy of a country actively invading another.
  • Hurting the Russian citizens surely won't come back to bite these virtue signalers in the ass later. Actions like this always breed resentment, and it won't have the effect they ultimately intend. This will ultimately backfire.
  • I think the Russian people are much smarter than sone give them credit for. Actions like this won't radicalized Russians against western countries. They know what Putin is doing. They know
  • Russia is ruled by its military, unless they think gamers are gonna militarise and rise up against their government over not being able to buy new games and consoles, this will do nothing to help the situation.
  • I love how everyone is suddenly a know all military advisor and world leader candidate.
  • Those two articles that had their comments closed were unrelated to your posts, Blue.
  • disgusting action microsoft caving in to leftists, sjws and now Ukraine's top politician. microsoft sure has changed. which ceo will stand up for once to this communist ideology of social justice. for shame!
  • @Blue n Gold Eel

    That's not correct. Putin was not elected by the people. Jeltzin sat him on the chair he is still sitting on. There is no real possibility in Russia to vote for someone else than Putin.

    But I think it's good to cut off Russia from the world as that makes more pressure. The only way to stop the warmonger from pushing that red button is to remove him from inside. Like Stauffenberg tried IN WW2.

    I feel sad for all Russian gamers for sure but it simply has to be.
  • @blue n gold eel

    The issue with them revolting is you have a leader who has no problem killing his own people to get what he wants.
  • @marvelouslie is there anything you can't tie back to the meaningless culture war you've been suckered into fighting?
  • @Blue n Gold Eel

    And that ist exactly what I am hoping if there just is enough pressure on the people. I am absolutely sure that nobody wants to punish any civilians with all those measures just for being Russian. It's all about to wake them up and bring them to solve the "problem" by themselves without risking WW3.
  • "I'M HELPING!" Corpos scream into the ether as they pretend to give a shit.
  • Perhaps people really would like to help and yet feel powerless to do something meaningful. So we get these odd useless gestures that will have very little impact on the situation but make the people implementing them feel better?
    Missing out on challenges in Battlefield, closed stores in another country or losing Russian teams in a game is nothing to get angry about.
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