It appears that the massively popular block-building game Minecraft has been removed from Google Play and the Apple App Store in Russia, as several news outlets in the country have reported that the game is no longer available.
This follows last week’s announcement by Microsoft, owner of Minecraft developer Mojang Studios, that it would cease all new sales of its products in Russia in response to the country’s military invasion of Ukraine. Apple Inc. also made a similar move last week. Although Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement regarding the game’s removal, Minecraft’s digital sales would fall under “all new Microsoft product sales” as mentioned in the official statement, and the game’s absence from the application stores in Russia is really not surprising.
This is the latest example of the tech community taking a stand on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which escalated on February 24 into open Russian aggression in the form of missile strikes on Kyiv. and an assault on Ukrainian border guards. . It remains to be seen what cumulative effect such actions by Big Tech companies will ultimately have.