The Japanese gaming giant said on Thursday that PlayStation and Nintendo were suspending shipments to Russia as international brands increasingly ceased operations in the country following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sony Group, which owns the PlayStation, said in a statement that its video game division “joined the international community in calling for peace in Ukraine.”

“We have suspended all software and hardware shipments, the release of Gran Turismo 7 and the operation of the PlayStation Store in Russia,” it said.

The tech and entertainment group also said it would donate $2 million (around Rs 152 crore) to UNHCR and Save the Children to “support the victims of this tragedy”.

A growing number of companies, from McDonald’s to Adidas and Samsung, have completely or partially ceased operations in Russia following the invasion of countries.

Some cited supply chain disruptions, while others directly linked the move to anger over President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine.

The Kyoto company behind the popular Switch console has “temporarily” suspended all shipments to Russia, a Nintendo spokesman told AFP, but gave no details on the start date of the operation or where it might end.

“There are two reasons. One is that our e-shop (in Russia) has been under maintenance since March 4 because payment providers stopped rouble transactions. The other is logistics disruption,” the spokesman said.

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