Following the conflict in Ukraine, CD Projekt has decided to halt all sales of Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 in Russia and Belarus. “The entire CD PROJEKT Group stands firm with the people of Ukraine,” Stated the company's Twitter. CD Projekt is located in Poland, a nation bordering Ukraine that is now feeling the repercussions of the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have begun to arrive on the country's doorstep.
The post goe's on to say, “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,”.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) March 3, 2022
Actions Taken by EA
Another big gaming company, Electronic Arts Entertainment made an announcement from its EA Sports FIFA Twitter. “In line with our partners at FIFA and EUFA, EA Sports has initiated the processes to remove the Russian National Team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA,” Say's EA late last night. The post goe's on to say this will take place in FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile, and FIFA Online.
As well, EA Sports NHL Twitter released a statement at the same time that follows a similar suit. According to the post, the company will remove all Russian and Belarusian National and Club teams from its game. “We will be removing these teams from NHL 22 within the coming weeks,” EA Sports NHL announced. The post also mentions this is in accordance with the IIHF'S suspension of these teams from their tournament earlier this week.
A statement from EA SPORTS NHL: pic.twitter.com/2uX4h55ok4
— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) March 2, 2022
Since the conflict began, companies across the globe are attempting to support Ukraine by removing Russian products from its shelves. This is becoming a global trend with more and more companies hopping on the bandwagon. While the rest of the world is unable to interfere, they are doing their best to support Ukraine.