As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, more and more game companies have decided to suspend certain business with Russia. In recent days, Activision Blizzard, Epic and CD Projekt (including GOG) announced plans to either stop selling games or stop selling stuff in games in Russia, joining a list that also includes EA and Microsoft. .
“Epic is ceasing trade with Russia in our games in response to the invasion of Ukraine,” the company said. to babble to. Saturday. But they made it clear they weren’t blocking Russia outright, explaining, “We don’t block access for the same reason other internet communication tools do: the free world must keep all lines of dialogue open. “.
President and COO of Activision Blizzard Daniel Allegri announce On Friday, he said he would “suspend further sales of our games and in Russia as long as this fight continues.” He also noted that the company “matches employee donations 2:1 to organizations providing immediate relief in the area”, having together raised more than $300,000 (£228,000) so far. They also plan to increase the matching amount and expand this program to a wider group of charities.
CD Projekt also announced on Thursday that it will “stop all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus.” In addition to halting digital sales and handing over physical inventory of games they’ve produced, including CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, they’re cutting ground for the band’s digital PC game store, GOG.
As we previously reported, EA announced last week that it was Russian teams removed from FIFA 22 And remove Russian and Belarusian teams from NHL 22, then said they were final Stop selling virtual games and coins in Russia and Belarus. Microsoft announced They are also suspending sales and service in Russia.