The gaming industry is also increasingly blocking Russia
More and more publishers, studios and service providers are announcing that they are suspending their business in Russia and Belarus.
Slowly, the war in Ukraine has been going on for two weeks, forcing humanity to unite in an unprecedented way in many areas. In addition to many attempts to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Russia is also being condemned and sanctioned by an increasing number of countries, companies, service providers and industry players. This also applies to the video game industry.
It is only natural that Ukrainian development studios have suspended their ongoing projects (such as the development of STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl) due to the war. However, gradually more and more studios and publishers are announcing that they will suspend their business in Russia and some of them in Belarus as well.
So did Microsoft and Electronic Arts, which were among the first to do so. And now they have been joined by the largest French publisher, Ubisoft. Like them, Take-Two Interactive has announced that it will cease all commercial activity in Russia.
Not only has Microsoft discontinued software sales, but it has also shut down its business related to Xbox consoles and Azure. And Take-Two has discontinued not only new software sales in Russia and Belarus, but also new software installations. That is, anyone who does not currently have Grand Theft Auto V or GTA Online, for example, will no longer be able to install them.
Nintendo has put the Nintendo eShop in maintenance mode across the country, while Sony has banned the just-released Gran Turismo 7. But like them, CD Project RED, Activision Blizzard, Bloober Team and Epic Games have shut down all business in the region. Epic Games, however, added that although it will close down its business, it will not make its products unavailable to Russian users.
John Romero chose a special way to help Ukraine. After many, many years, he created a new level for Doom 2 called One Humanity. It can be downloaded from the official website for 5 euros. So far, more than € 25,000 has been raised, all of which is being spent in support of Ukraine.