Every day that goes by, more and more companies are blacklisting Russia and pulling out business in the country. This is following the Ukraine invasion that has lasted almost two weeks. The latest companies to withdraw support are Activision Blizzard and Nintendo. They follow the likes of Microsoft and EA Games who already suspended sales last week.
In a blog post, Activision says that the company has been observing activity in Russia over the past week. Due to the ongoing tension in the region, they are spending new sales of games and blacklisting the country from online activities across certain titles too.
Activision expressed their concern regarding the growing tension in Russia and Ukraine saying that the company is looking at ways to support the Ukrainian people. The company is matching employee donations 2:1 by providing immediate relief in the region. They have managed to raise over $300,000 and will choose charities this week to distribute these funds to those in need.
Nintendo is another large company to withdraw support in Russia. The Nintendo Russia support page claims that the payment methods on the eShop have been suspended in Russia and place into maintenance mode. While Nintendo has yet to confirm whether or not they have pulled out support in the country, the eShop is now blocked from processing any payments for games and content.
Due to the fact that the payment service used in Nintendo eShop has suspended the processing of payments in rubles, Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily placed into maintenance mode.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We will share updates as the situation develops.
Outside of gaming, major tech brands have also ceased operations in Russia. Last week, Microsoft announced that its PC and tech division will no longer support sales in the region. Apple also confirmed they are no longer shipping any products to the country.