Ukraine has asked PlayStation, Xbox and other games development companies and electronic sports platforms that take action against Russia and Belarus after the invasion of Ukraine by the first. More specifically, Mykhalio Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Ukrainian Digital Transformation Minister, has written an application for the game industry and electronic sports to temporarily block all Russian and Belarusian accounts, stop the participation of electronic sports equipment Russians and Belarusians at all ESPORT events and cancel all international events that can be held in any of the regions. According to Fedorov, if Xbox, PlayStation and other companies in the industry “support human values”, they will completely abandon the Russian and Belarusian markets.
«To all games development companies and electronic sports platforms», reads in the application. «The Russian Federation has carried out a deceptive and outrageous military attack against my country! Imagine, in 2022, the cruise missiles attack residential neighborhoods, kindergartens and hospitals in the heart of Europe. The armed forces and the citizens are defending Ukraine until the end! The whole world is repeating the aggressor through the imposition of penalties: the enemy must suffer significant losses, but we need his support: EN 2022, modern technology is perhaps the best response to tanks, multiple rocket launcher (HRAD) and missiles. «
Fedorov continues: “I am sure that he will not only hear, but it will also do everything possible to protect Ukraine, Europe and, finally, the whole democratic world of bloody authoritative aggression, and I make a call to temporarily block all Russian accounts. and Belarusian, temporarily ». Stop the participation of Russian and Belarusian teams and players in all international electronic sports events and cancel all international events that are held in the territory of Russia and Belarus. We are sure that such actions will motivate Russian citizens to proactively stop the shameful military aggression. “
At the time of publication, ni PlayStation or Xbox have addressed Fedorov’s request in any way. Of course, if this changes, we will make sure to update the story accordingly. So far, different parts of the industry have addressed the conflict with several actions, but their most important players have not yet paid attention to this call to action.