Polish video game developer CD Projekt, the company behind hit games Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077, has announced that it is stopping sales of its games in Russia. This follows the Russian government’s recent move to block access to CD Projek’s online game store, GOG. CD Projekt Stop Game Sales In Russia.
The decision to block GOG in response to the US government’s decision to sanction Russian state-owned companies. These sanctions were put in place after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
CD Projekt announced that it will stop selling all of its games digitally and physically in Russia and Belarus, as well as all GOG game purchases a gesture of goodwill, CD Projekt Red donated PLN 1 million (approximately $240,000 USD) to the Polish humanitarian organization Polska Akcja Humanitarna.
the Statement of CD Projekt Group
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- “In light of the Russian military invasion in our neighboring country of Ukraine, until further notice the CD Projekt Red group has made the decision to halt all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus,”
- “Today, we begin working with our partners to suspend digital sales and cease physical stock deliveries of CD Projekt Group products, as well as all games distributed on the GOG platform, to the territories of Russia and Belarus.”
“The entire CD Projekt Group stands firm with the people of Ukraine,” the company added. “While we are not a political entity capable of directly influencing state matters, and don’t aspire to be one, we do believe that commercial entities, when united, have the power to inspire global change in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. We know that players in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be impacted by this decision, but with this action, we wish to further galvanize the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe.”
Electronic Arts announced over the weekend that Russia would be removed from its FIFA 22 and NHL 22 games.