CD Projekt Red announced that it will stop selling its games in Russia and Belarus until further notice regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine has created ripples in the video game industry. Ukraine-based studios like GSC Game World stopped developing the STALKER 2 title for their teammates to focus on family and protect their country. Near Poland, CD Projekt is also doing what it can to show solidarity with Ukraine. Recently CD Projekt has officially announced that it will stop all sales of CD Projekt Red games as well as end GOG distribution in both Russia and Belarus.
In a letter posted to CD Projekt Red’s official Twitter account, the studio announced their increased efforts to support Ukraine. The beginning is the end of sales of all CD Projekt Red games in both Russia and its ally Belarus. To do that, CD Projekt is currently working with distribution partners to pull back its library of games including Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series from digital gaming platforms. They are also working to stop shipping physical copies of the CD Projekt Red game to the two countries. It will take some time, but CD Projekt Red is determined to take these actions.
Since CD Projekt also owns the GOG digital game distribution platform, it can also expand its moves beyond not selling its own games anymore. The letter also confirms that all games available on the GOG platform will no longer be available in Russia or Belarus with GOG currently home to more than 5,000 games.
We cannot say for sure if the impact of this decision will be on the situation of the conflict between Russia and Urkaine, but stopping the sale of CD Projekt Red games in both Russia and Belarus will result in a loss. financial harm to the company. Russia and Belarus account for 5.4% of CD Projekt Red’s total sales, as well as 3.7% of GOG’s. It may not lead to any major changes in CD Projekt Red, but it’s clearly not a decision made without thought.
As for why CD Projekt Red made this decision, they say bluntly that the company is “siding with the Ukrainian people”. CD Projekt Red says that while it does not want to become a politically involved entity, it believes that “commercial entities, when incorporated, have the power to inspire global change.” . They acknowledge that there will be innocent gamers in both Russia and Belarus who will no longer have access to CD Projekt Red’s catalog of games, but they believe in the need to continue this decision.
Ukraine’s war with Russia and Belarus began on February 24 and is still ongoing. Dozens of game studios across the gaming industry have made explicit statements in support of Ukraine, making substantial donations to humanitarian efforts, or going as far as to take actions like CD Projekt did. Hopefully this situation will soon be resolved amicably and end amicably.
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