CD Projekt Suspends Game Sales In Russia, Including GOG

CD Projekt, the parent company of The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red, has joined the global effort to impose sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The company has announced that it will stop all digital and physical sales of its games to Russia and Belarus, as well as all sales of games on its GOG digital platform. CD Projekt Red also recently donated 1 million PLN (about $240,000) to the Polish humanitarian group Polska Akcja Humanitarian.

“Due to the Russian military incursion into our neighboring Ukraine, until further notice, CD Projekt Red has decided to stop all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus,” CD Projekt Group said in a statement. “Today, we begin working with our partners to suspend digital sales and stop deliveries of CD Projekt Group products, as well as all games distributed on the GOG platform, to the territory of Russia and Belarus.”

CD Projekt also said it recognizes it does not have the ability to directly influence events on the global stage but hopes that by adding its voice to the growing number of entertainment brands that have blocked Russia and Belarus from accessing their content, it can help inspire change. In these countries.

“The entire CD Projekt group is firmly on the side of the people of Ukraine,” the company added. “While we are not, and do not aspire to be, a political organization capable of directly influencing public affairs, we believe that united commercial structures can inspire global change in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. We know that this decision will affect the players in Russia and Belarus, people who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, but with this action, we want to further encourage the global community to talk about what is happening in the heart. Europe”.

A growing number of gaming organizations are publicly distancing themselves from Russia and calling for an end to the invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian Deputy Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on Sony and Microsoft to also join the sanctions, although neither has done so yet. Bloober team also suspends sales of its games in Russia/Belarus as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.

This week, EA announced that Russia would be removed from their FIFA 22 and NHL 22 games in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, various other game industry studios are organizing relief work.

This 11-bit War of Mine studio will donate all proceeds from sales of the anti-war game to the Ukrainian Red Cross over the next week. GSC World, the developer of Stalker 2, based in Ukraine, called on the gaming industry and gamers to make a donation to the Ukrainian Armed Forces Relief Fund.

If you would like to help ongoing humanitarian efforts, we have compiled a list of humanitarian organizations such as the Ukrainian Red Cross and UNICEF that you can donate to.

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