As the Russian invasion of Ukraine progresses, a number of tech companies have announced that they will no longer sell products or services in Russia. Everything from video games to iPhones and the PS5 may become more difficult to obtain in Russia as a result of this.
Tech companies like Apple and Microsoft have both announced that they will no longer sell products in Russia. While the conflict continues, EA has announced that it will halt the sale of games and other digital things. Other web services, including Airbnb, are ceasing operations in Russia.
Other measures taken by IT companies include a crackdown on misinformation and a reduction in the internet presence of Russian state-owned media channels such as RT News and Sputnik News. In Russia, Google and Twitter have halted advertising.
After months of rising tensions, including heated remarks from Russian President Vladimir Putin and a buildup of Russian military near Ukraine’s borders, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Economic sanctions have been imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, including ones aimed directly against Putin.
Ukraine proclaimed independence in 1991 after spending much of the twentieth century as part of the Soviet Union. Since then, the country has grown closer to Western Europe and the United States.
Here are some examples of tech companies that have discontinued selling or providing services in Russia:
Adobe: The producer of Photoshop and other software, as well as its software for creative professionals and website analytics tools, has halted all new sales and services in Russia, citing “our civic and moral commitment to promote democracy and humanity” and government sanctions. In addition, Russia’s government-controlled media outlets were denied access to the company’s cloud services.
Airbnb: The room-rental website has halted operations in Russia and Belarus and announced that its charitable company will provide 100,000 Ukrainian refugees with free temporary lodging. It has also waived host and guest fees for bookings in Ukraine since individuals from all over the world use Airbnb to directly support Ukrainians by “paying but not staying,” as The Guardian put it.
Amazon: Amazon has halted shipping of all retail products to customers in Russia and Belarus, as well as restricting access to Prime Video in Russia.
Apple: The tech giant has ceased selling its products in Russia and has put a halt to online transactions, including Apple Pay. In Ukraine, it has also disabled some Apple Maps capabilities to safeguard civilians.
AWS: Despite the fact that AWS has no data centers or offices in Russia, it has stopped accepting new sign-ups for the service in Russia and Belarus, stating that customers who “use AWS services to threaten, incite, promote, or actively encourage violence, terrorism, or other serious harm” will have their accounts suspended. Customers in Russia who use AWS include organizations with development teams in Russia but are headquartered overseas.
BMW, Ford, General Motors, and Honda: Several automobile manufacturers have reduced their operations in Russia. BMW will discontinue producing cars in Kaliningrad and export them to Russia. “Effective now, until further notice,” Ford is ceasing operations in Russia. GM has decided to stop doing business in Russia. Honda has halted exports to the country.
Bumble: The dating app is ceasing operations in Russia and Belarus, as well as withdrawing its apps from the App Store and Google Play Store.
Disney: All cinema releases in Russia have been blocked by Disney, including the upcoming Pixar movie Turning Red.
Electronic Arts: The creator of popular video games such as the FIFA franchise, has halted all content sales in Russia and Belarus. Games, add-on material, and virtual currency are all examples of this. In addition, Russian national teams have been banned from all versions of EA’s soccer and hockey video games.
Epic Games: the creators of Fortnite, said it would stop doing business with Russia in its games but would not prevent access to them “for the same reason that other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of discussion open.”
Google: While Google’s search engine is still available in Russia, the company’s advertising business has been halted in the nation. This includes YouTube advertising revenue, search ad revenue, and any other Google-sponsored marketing.
Some Google Maps capabilities have also been restricted, while Google still provides information on refugee resources for Ukrainians fleeing the country.
IBM: IBM has halted all operations in Russia, according to CEO Arvind Krishna, and is providing assistance to IBM employees who have fled the country.
“A newly built and deployed IBMer Resource Finder Map connects Ukrainian IBMers and IBM contractors fleeing their nation with IBM colleagues in the local CEE region who may assist them and their families with shelter, transportation, food, and supplies,” Krishna explained.
Intel: Intel has halted all supplies to customers in Russia and Belarus, including chip shipments.
Microsoft: The Windows maker has halted sales of its products and services in Russia while vowing to improve cybersecurity in Ukraine.
Netflix: Netflix has put a halt to all new projects and acquisitions in Russia. Netflix has also refused to include state-run channels in its Russian platform.
Nintendo: The video game company’s Russian e-shop is now in maintenance mode, which means it is unavailable to Russian consumers. Russian gamers are currently unable to purchase new games using the site.
Nvidia: A spokesperson for the chipmaker stated that the company “doesn’t sell into Russia,” but declined to further. According to reports, the halt affects all Nvidia devices.
Paramount: Like the other studios on this list, Paramount will stop releasing films in Russia’s theatres. This includes the upcoming Lost City and a Sonic the Hedgehog sequel.
PayPal: The online international payments company ceased operations in Russia over the weekend, with CEO Dan Schulman stating that the company “stands with the international community in denouncing Russia’s brutal military aggression in Ukraine.”
Rockstar Games: Take-Two Interactive’s Rockstar Games will stop selling and installing video games in Russia and Belarus, according to a report released Monday, just days before the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Samsung: As of Friday, Samsung’s shipments to Russia have been halted. “Shipments to Russia have been suspended due to current geopolitical developments,” a Samsung representative stated. “We’re still keeping a close eye on this complicated scenario to see what our next measures should be.”
Snapchat: The ephemeral-messaging service has banned all ad sales to Russian and Belarusian companies, yet its software is still available as a communication tool throughout the region.
Sony: Sony Pictures Entertainment has halted scheduled theatrical releases in Russia. Sony Interactive Entertainment said on March 9 that it has halted all hardware and software shipments, as well as the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and PlayStation Store operations in Russia, in response to mounting pressure for the corporation to stop selling its PS5 gaming system in the country.
TikTok: In Russia, the short-form video app TikTok has suspended live streaming and added new content to its video service.
The decision was made based on the newly approved “fake news” law in Russia, according to the firm, which claimed it needed to assess the safety implications of the new legislation, which punishes individuals who distribute “false information” regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with up to 15 years in prison.
Twitch: Due to sanctions prohibiting all conceivable payment methods, the game-streaming network has informed Russian users that it will stop processing payments to them.
Ubisoft: Ubisoft has announced that sales in Russia have been halted. Ubisoft also claimed in a blog post that it has taken actions to assist staff in Ukraine, including arranging alternate housing in neighboring countries and establishing an emergency hotline to provide support and assistance.
Universal: The film studio will also halt releases in Russia, though it has yet to reveal which movies will be impacted.
Warner Bros.: The Batman will not be released in Russia as planned, and the studio will instead halt operations in the country.