Ukraine pleads for the games and esports industry to pull all support from Russia

Deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov also wants to see Russian developer offices closed.

Following Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion, Ukraine's deputy prime minister has urged "all game development companies and esports platforms" to cease all operations in Russia.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's digital transformation minister, published an open letter on Twitter, addressing the games industry as a whole but specifically targeting Xbox and PlayStation (thanks, Axios). Fedorov pleaded with the industry to prevent Russians from accessing any gaming accounts, as well as to remove any Russian teams from esports events and to cancel any tournaments scheduled to take place in the country. "In 2022, modern technology may be the best answer to tanks, multiple rocket launchers, and missiles," according to the letter.

"I am sure that you will not only hear, but also do everything possible to protect Ukraine, Europe and, finally, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression—and I appeal to temporarily block all Russian and Belorussian teams and gamers in all international esports events and cancel all international events holding on the territory of Russia and Belarus.

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