Earlier this week, the Russian military, at the behest of President Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine and launched 200 missiles, some of which are believed to have hit residential areas near the capital Kyiv. At least 50,000 Ukrainian citizens have been displaced and are fleeing the country, according to CNN. While some game developers based in Ukraine responded promptly With this act of aggression, there are now more and more studios outside of the invaded country, including Cyberpunk 2077 producer CD Projekt Red, is also speaking out in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemns Russia’s actions.
11 Bit StudiosPolish studio behind Frostpunk and anti-war survival game This fight is mine, came out strongly against the war, releasing a statement on Twitter brandishing the hashtag #FuckTheWar and in part reading, “Let this message resonate with all you know about this war and how to fight it.” War kills people and destroys their lives and homes.” The statement also declares that all profits obtained from This fight is mine in the next seven days will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society for the relief of the victims of the war.
This morning, Cyberpunk 2077 CD developer Projekt Red, also based in Poland, bordering Ukraine to the west, announced on Twitter that they will be donating 1 million PLN (or Polish zloty), approximately $242,400 USD, to Polska Akcja Humanitarnaa humanitarian group based in Poland to assist Ukrainian victims.
CD Projekt Red said on Twitter: “The recent invasion of Ukraine, our friends and neighbors, has left us shocked and outraged. “We cannot remain indifferent to such injustice and we urge everyone to join in and help in any way we can. Together, we can make a huge difference! ”
Crytivo, the California-based indie game publisher and developer behind the city-building game The University, posted a statement on Twitter yesterday signed by CEO and founder Alex Koshelkov announced that they will donate all proceeds from February and March to Ukrainian Red Cross. Koshelkov also said that Crytivo will give its Ukrainian employees paid leave until they can find a safe environment that will allow them to return to work.
“Given the recent military developments in Ukraine, I feel an obligation to let our fans and others know that our company Crytivo stands firmly against war as we stand with the people of Ukraine. Ukrainians,” Koshelkov stated. “The past few years have been difficult for all of us and I hope we can inspire others to come together to help our brothers and sisters who are struggling.”
State of Play Games, the Czech developers behind the BAFTA-winning puzzle game Lumino City, also released a announced this morning said it will join 11 Bit studio in solidarity with Ukraine by donating all proceeds from its games on the App Store, Google Play and Steam to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
And Amanita Design, the Czech studio behind the psychedelic horror game fun game, announced on Twitter that they will be donating their earnings from Machinarium, CHUCCHEL, and creaking sound next week Clovekvtisni, a Prague-based nonprofit that claims to “use the money to support the most vulnerable people in Ukraine affected by Russia’s ongoing aggression”. Amanita Design also thanks 11 Bit studio and State of Play Games in a later tweet to inspire it to come out in solidarity with Ukraine.
“Ukraine needs help right now,” Amanita Design said in a statement. “We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This terrible act of aggression has absolutely no place in any democratic society.”
https://kotaku.com/cd-projekt-red-ukraine-russia-cyberpunk-2077-11-bit-gam-1848596321 Cyberpunk 2077 Devs & More Condemns Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine