CD Projekt, the parent company of developer CD Projekt Red, has joined the effort to levy sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The company has announced that it will halt all digital and physical sales of its games to Russia and Belarus, as well as all game sales on its digital platform GOG. CD Projekt Red recently pledged 1 million PLN (around $240,000 USD) to the Polish humanitarian group Polska Akcja Humanitarna.
“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,” CD Projekt Group said in a statement on Twitter. “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.”
CD Projekt Red also said it’s aware it doesn’t have the power to directly influence matters on a global scale, but it hopes that its by throwing in voice in with growing number of entertainment brands that have blocked Russia and Belarus from gaining access to their content–helping to bring change in those countries.
“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.”
CD Projekt is far from the last gaming company to stop sales other their titles in Russia and Belarus, and they will likely not be the last. EA just recently announced they will be removing Russian teams from FIFA 22 and NHL 22.