Ukraine asked the video game industry for more involvement from the industry in its sanctions against Russia and Belarus and the response of one of the large companies in the sector has not been long in coming. CD Projekt RED has announced the cessation of the sale of its video games in both countries indefinitely.
“In light of Russia’s invasion of our neighboring country of Ukraine, the group of CD Projekt has made the decision to stop the sale of all our video games in Russia and Belarus. Today we have begun to work with our partners to suspend digital sales and cease the physical distribution of our products, “says the firm in a statement that extends such measures to GOG.
We want to encourage the world to talk about what is happening in the heart of EuropeCD Project“The whole group stands firm with the people of Ukraine. Although we are not a political entity that can directly influence material matters, and we do not aspire to do so, we believe in the importance of commercial entities, especially if they are united, to change the hearts and minds of ordinary people“, argues CDPR. “We know that the players from Russia and Belarus, who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be affected by this decision, but with this action we want to encourage the world to talk about what is happening in the heart of Europe”.
The parents of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077 close their message by giving their full support to their brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are fighting for their country.
In this way, the video game industry goes a step further and takes the path of other entertainment sectors such as the world of cinema, which has indefinitely paralyzed its premieres in Russia, including highly anticipated films such as The Batman.