Sales of CD Projekt Red and GOG halted in Russia and Belarus, Bloober team follows suit

Last week, Russia launched a shock invasion of neighboring Ukraine, and as the fighting escalates, Ukrainian officials have called on gaming platforms to cut service to the Russian market. Few companies have answered the call so far, but this morning CD Projekt Red announced that they will be withdrawing their own products, as well as all games distributed through their GOG platform, from sale in Russia and in Belarus.

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In light of the Russian military invasion in our neighboring country Ukraine, until further notice, CD Projekt Red Group has made the decision to stop all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus. Today we start working with our partners to suspect digital sales and stop deliveries of physical inventory of CD Projekt Red products, as well as all games distributed on the GOG platform, in the territories of Russia and Belarus .

The entire CD Projekt Red group stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Although we are not a political entity capable of directly influencing the affairs of state and do not aspire to be one, we believe that business entities, when united, have the power to inspire global change in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. We know that actors in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be affected by this decision, but with this action we want to further galvanize the global community by talking about what happens in the heart. from Europe. To our brothers and sisters who are fighting for their home countries, stay strong!

Another Polish studio, Layers of Fear and developer Medium Bloober Team, will also pull their products from the Russian market.

It will be interesting to see if this is the start of a domino effect and if other platforms start pulling out of the Russian market (Ukraine has specifically asked PlayStation and Xbox to cut service). If the war continues to drag on, a broader industry response may be needed.

At Wccftech, we hope for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and the safety of all Ukrainian citizens. If you would like to donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, please visit this page.

Jack L. Goldstein