Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, has published a signed statement in which “all gaming development companies and Esports platforms” are asked to follow the example of Apple and no longer support their services in Russia after the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Spread over A tweeting at Xbox and PlayStation, it says in Fedorov’s explanation that “modern technology in 2022 may be the best answer to the tanks, multi-rocket launchers and missiles”.
He continues to sketch how he wants the support of the video game industry. “I appeal to a temporary blocking of all Russian and Belarusian accounts temporarily stop the participation of Russian and Belarusian teams and players at all international espport events and say all international events [Hero] on the territory of Russia and Belarus… We are sure that such actions Motivating the citizens of Russia to stop shameful military aggression proactively. “
To underline the seriousness of the situation, Fedorov describes the situation on site. “March flying bodies grab resort, kindergartens and hospitals in the heart of Europe… I am sure that they not only hear, but also to do everything to protect Ukraine, Europe and finally the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression.”
Since the beginning of the invasion, Fedorov has publicly invited several major technology companies to hire the sale and block access to companies in Russia, including Apple, Google and Visa.
@ Xbox @playstation
You know for sure what happens in Ukraine. Russia does not explain the war for Ukraine, but for the entire civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market! pic.twitter.com/tnqr13bssv
- Mykhailo Fedorov (@fedorovmykhailo) 2. March 2022
So far, the video game industry has relatively restrained with prohibitions and sanctions related to Russia. Yesterday, the organizer of E-Sport tournaments blast announced that he will ban Russian CS: Go teams for the foreseeable future of all his events, which makes it one of the first major gaming sanctions that in Russia because of his invasion in the Ukraine are imposed.
We have no answer from Microsoft or Sony in this matter, but Russian players may be preparing for them if the companies decide to respond to Federov’s support.