CD Projekt says “nyet” to game sales in Russia and Belarus

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in full effect, plenty of parties are cutting all ties to the Ruskies. One of those parties is the Polish publisher CD Projekt. The Witcher and Cyberpunk publisher takes a stand in the matter by halting game sales in Russia and Belarus. The GOG-owner realizes that it’ll suck for Russian gamers, but it feels that it doesn’t really have a choice, given the circumstances.

In a short statement, CD Projekt tries to explain why it came to this invasive decision, duping every Russian gamer on the globe. To them, it’s not about screwing innocent consumers over. But it is about “further galvanizing the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe.”

Thanks to Vlad (Putin), gaming companies are no longer worried about COVID-19 causing shit. CD Projekt is merely one of the big tech names making a stand. EA had already removed all Russian teams from FIFA 22 and NHL 22 and has now also halted its sales in Russia. The development of post-apocalyptic shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 – developed by a Ukrainian dev – has also ground to a halt. But that makes total sense if you ask me.

If all goes to the wishes of Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, it won’t just be CD Projekt pulling out of Russian game stores. Earlier this week, the DPM asked Xbox and PlayStation to halt their product support in Belarus and Russia. As of now, Microsoft has complied with the request, dropping the sales of all products and services. Yeah, it blows to be a Russian gamer right now, but not as much as being a Ukrainian one, I suppose.