Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, has called on PlayStation to “temporarily block all Russian and Belarussian accounts” as companies increase pressure on the Russian regime. As part of an open letter published on Twitter, Fedorov appealed specifically to Xbox as well as Sony’s gaming subsidiary, stressing “you are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now”.

The letter begins: “The Russian Federation has carried out a deceptive and outrageous military attack on my country. Just imagine, in 2022, cruise missiles attack residential neighbourhoods, kindergartens, and hospitals in the heart of Europe. The armed forces and citizens are defending Ukraine till the end. The whole world is repelling the aggressor through the imposition of sanctions – the enemy must suffer significant losses. But we need your support – in 2022, modern technology is perhaps the best answer to the tanks, multiple rocket launchers, and missiles.”

It continues: “I am sure that you will not only hear, but also do everything to protect Ukraine, Europe, and, finally, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression – and I appeal to temporarily block all Russian and Belarusian accounts, temporarily stop the participation of Russian and Belarusian teams and gamers in all international esports events, and cancel all international events holding on the territory of Russia and Belarus.”

Sony is scheduled to release Gran Turismo 7 this week, and has yet to comment on its availability in Russia. However, subsidiary Sony Pictures has delayed the release of Spider-Man spin-off Morbius in the region indefinitely, meanwhile fellow tech giants like Apple have ceased selling all of their products in Russia, and has removed state-funded media apps like RT News from the App Store.

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