Ukraine calls on PlayStation and Xbox to block Russian and Belorussian users
Will Sony and Microsoft listen?
Published: 2nd March 2022 | Source: Mykhailo Federov - Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine |
Ukraine calls on gaming companies to cut off Russia and Belarus
Everyone should already know what's happening in Ukraine. Russia has invaded the nation and western nations have responded with heavy economic sanctions. Now, Ukrainian officials have called on gaming companies to support Ukraine by temporarily blocking their users in Russia and Belarus and preventing gamers from these nations from taking part in esports events. Additionally, Ukraine has also called for companies to cancel all esports events within Russia and Belarus.
With these actions, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov hopes that the Russian people will be better motivated to oppose the aggressive actions of their nation's leaders. Much of the sporting world has already moved to block Russian participation, and now Ukraine has asked for the gaming world to take similar steps.
For those who are wondering why both Russia and Belarus are called out by Ukraine, you should know that Belarus has hosted Russian troops and allowed the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine though their territory. This is why Ukraine wants actions to be taken against both nations, as Belarus has actively supported Russia's invasion.
In the tweet below, Mykhailo Fedorov has specifically called for Microsoft and Sony to take action against Russia and Belarus. If these companies take action, Russian and Belarussian gamers could be locked out of the PlayStation and Xbox online gaming ecosystems.
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