Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo issue joint statement against Trump’s tariffs

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A "complex supply chain" means over 96% of video game consoles imported into the USA were made in China.

Game publishers Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have issued a joint statement in opposition of a 25% tariff on Chinese goods — specifically, video game consoles — proposed by the Trump US government.

“While we appreciate the Administration’s efforts to protect US intellectual property and preserve US high-tech leadership, the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to US consumers and businesses will undermine—not advance—these goals,” the joint statement says, referring to proposed tariffs on video game consoles.

“Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Administration remove HTSUS subheading 9504.50.00, covering video game consoles, from the final list of tariffs, and thus refrain from applying tariffs on these products.”

The statement cited a “complex supply chain” that means over 96% of video game consoles imported into the USA were made in China.

“Each video game console comprises dozens of complex components sourced from multiple countries. A change in even a single supplier must be vetted carefully to mitigate risks of product quality, unreliability and consumer safety issues,” it continues. “Tariffs would significantly disrupt our companies’ businesses and add significant costs that would depress sales of video game consoles and the games and services that drive the profitability of this market segment.”

You can read the joint statement here.