Russian Nintendo eShop forced into ‘maintenance mode’ by payment processing issues

Sales through the Nintendo eShop have been suspended in Russia, the company said, with the digital storefront unable to process payments in rubles through the payment service Nintendo uses in the region.

Without an accompanying statement, it appears to be more of a technical issue for the eShop, a result of actions taken by other companies suspending services in Russia, as opposed to the Japanese manufacturer taking a principled stance. about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russians have taken to social media, share pictures of their Switch is getting error code 2813-0999 when they try to access the Russian eShop.

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Nintendo’s simple statement (translated by Google) reads as follows:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Since the payment service used in the Nintendo eShop has suspended the processing of ruble payments, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily placed in maintenance mode.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused. We will share updates as the situation evolves.

This stands in stark contrast to the decisions made by other game companies. CD Projekt Red and EA, for example, said they stood in solidarity with Ukraine and were actively pulling their products from Russia and Belarus. Microsoft has also suspended new sales in both countries, saying it is “horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine”, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the markets, in addition to taking measures to comply. to the far-reaching sanctions imposed by the United States and the EU.

Source: Nintendo UK

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Timothy C. Mayo