The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk developer has halted all sales in Russia in support of Ukraine

As the invasion of Ukraine continues, all sorts of sanctions are being applied against Russia. In the gaming industry, we have seen esports organizations suspend tournaments and teamsas well as EA removes Russian clubs from FIFA. Now CD Projekt suspends sales of all its games in Russia and Belarus.

The studio took to Twitter with a statement in support of Ukraine. It begins: “Due to the Russian military invasion of our neighboring Ukraine, CD Projekt Group has decided until further notice to stop all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus. Today we are starting to work 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 Russia and Belarus.”

CD Projekt is located in Poland, which has already played a big role in sheltering refugees from Ukraine. According to United Nations, Refugee Agencythe country has already taken in 280,000 refugees, a huge fraction of the one million people who have so far fled Ukraine and the war.

CD Projekt goes on to explain the impact it hopes the stoppage could have: “The entire CD Projekt group is firmly on the side of the people of Ukraine. Although we are not a political organization capable of directly influencing public affairs and do not seek to be one, we believe that united commercial organizations can inspire global change in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.

“We know that this decision will affect players in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, but with this action, we want to further encourage the world community to talk about what is happening in the heart of Europe. To our brothers and sisters who are fighting for their homeland, stay strong!”

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In other tweets, CD Projekt also said it would support humanitarian relief efforts by donating one million PLN, roughly equivalent to £173,000 or $232,000.

This donation and the decision to recall games from Russia and Belarus comes just a day after Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov called on Xbox, PlayStation, and the industry at large to act.

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