Minecraft game pulled from app stores in Russia amid Ukraine invasion

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Reports emerged today that American multinational technology company Microsoft has removed the popular game Minecraft from the App Store and Google Play Store in Russia.

Recently, the American tech giant announced that it would suspend all sales of new products to Russia during the Ukraine invasion war.

According to company president Brad Smith, who announced the suspension of sales of all of its products and services to Russia on March 4, via Windows Central, said:

“Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unwarranted, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia,” Smith said.

In response to the Russian government’s war on Ukraine, many countries and companies have resorted to different measures to sanction the country. And that’s exemplified by Microsoft saying last week that it would stop selling its products in Russia and subsequently remove the popular game Minecraft from the country’s app stores.

While Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement on the game’s removal, multiple reports have confirmed the same today. The official release mentions that Minecraft digital sales will be included in all new Microsoft product sales, so it’s no surprise that the game is being pulled from the Russian App Store.

CD PROJEKT and Electronic Arts are two other well-known video game creation companies that have responded to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. While CD Projekt has ceased all sales of video games in Russia, Electronic Arts has banned all Russian teams from FIFA and NHL titles.

Recently, the popular video game Battlefield 2042 removed a skin for a Russian helicopter from the game.

As Russian armies invade Ukraine, global tech titans respond to the crisis. Ukrainian officials have contacted major global tech giants, including Google and Apple, asking them to limit their services on the Russian mainland.

Apart from this, some companies that were previously active in Ukraine have either ceased operations or are planning future situations.


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