Video Game platform companies Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, have shared a joint letter where they address the issue of tariffs increasing for companies producing goods in China and then selling them in the United States.
All three companies detail that 96 percent of video game consoles imported in the US come from China and that applying such tariffs on them could harm US companies and their business. These tariffs could mean fewer games being sold for those consoles as they would become more expensive.
“A change in even a single supplier must be vetted carefully to mitigate risks of product quality, unreliability, and consumer safety issues,” the letter reads, as reported by Tom’s Hardware. “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.”
Apple published a similar letter for what these tariffs would mean for Mac, iPad, iPhone, AirPods, Apple TV and their parts, including parts for Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and HP; they all bring in their reasons. Every letter points out that these tariffs would harm American companies first, as Chinese manufacturers selling in the US are very limited in number.
It’s not new to see Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony uniting, as it already happened at The Game Awards where execs had a joint speech about the beauty of gaming and the gaming community. This field is a bit more severe in terms of business, though, and it will be interesting to see how the Trump administration face that letter.