Cyberpunk 2077 Developer CDPR Stops All Game Sales In Russia, Belarus

Polish game studio CD Projekt Red, creator of titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077, is ceasing all sales in Russia and Belarus following the invasion of Ukraine. The military offensive began on February 24, and it still continues despite global sanctions and domestic protests against both Eastern European aggressors. CDPR made a $242k Ukraine Aid donation recently, and the company will now take further steps to help aid Ukraine.

Countries around the world are trying to motivate an end to the invasion of Ukraine by imposing economic sanctions and holding protests against Russia and Belarus. Many pillars of the gaming industry have come out in support of the cause, with aid coming in the form of donations and protests. Gaming juggernaut Ubisoft, for example, has offered Ukrainian employees additional funds to aid in relocation efforts. DICE's Battlefield 2042, meanwhile, removed a Russian helicopter reward as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and their struggle. Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister recently asked PlayStation and Xbox to block Russian accounts, as depriving Russia and Belarus of modern commodities may help motivate a peaceful end to the incursion.

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An announcement from CD Projekt Red on Twitter reveals that the developer will halt the sale of its games in Russia and Belarus. The company owns the digital distribution service GOG, too, and this platform will also be suspended in the two invading countries. CD Projekt pledges its support for the Ukrainian people in the open letter, while also lamenting that Russian and Belarusian gamers who do not support the violent invasion will be needlessly affected by the suspension. By stopping the distribution of its games, CD Projekt Red hopes to "galvanize the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe."

As gaming icons around the world pledge to support Ukraine and motivate peace, one popular studio has been directly affected by the attack. Ukrainian developer GSC Game World has delayed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 until the end of the incursion, with the team reportedly hopeful for its homeland's victory over Russia and Belarus. In an emotional video, GSC Game World shows how development of the post-apocalyptic sequel was disrupted by the explosive events of late February. The game developers have been forced to focus on survival over the creation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, with the project on hold until Ukraine can achieve peace.

CD Projekt Red is an extremely influential game developer, having created beloved projects like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt alongside the popular GOG digital platform. Despite already making a sizable donation to Ukraine, the Cyberpunk 2077 developer now lends additional support by suspending sales in Russia and Belarus. While the invasion is still ongoing, peace will hopefully allow CD Projekt Red to return to these countries in the near future.

Next: Ubisoft Offers Additional Funds To Employees In Ukraine

Source: CD Projekt Red/Twitter

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