Game industry Call for support for Ukraine


Several Ukrainian game development studios, as well as members of the broader game industry, spoke out after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine late last night.

The Russian offensive began with Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing that he would carry out “a special military operation” in Ukraine. Following his announcement, attacks began in ten regions of Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, and have since expanded across the country. The Ukrainian ambassador stated that at least 40 soldiers have now been killed along with “dozens” of civilians, and that Ukraine is believed to have lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site.

In response, Ukrainian developers include Frogs (Sink City, Sherlock Holmes), Tall boy (Pandemic Expresswhere the clouds end), Vostok game (working on an unannounced AAA shooter), and GSC game world (Stalker and Stalker 2) issued statements through their official Twitter account calling on Ukraine to continue its independence and stop the assault on their country. Both GSC Game World and Ukrainian E-Sports Organization Natus Vincere (NAVI) also called for aid to the Ukrainian army.

Sengi Games, the developer of The Serpent Rogue, also commented on the conflict and its own situation in it:

Other Ukrainian studios have yet to issue a statement at this time, but are still acting to ensure the safety of their teams. IGN spoke via email with Beatshapers CEO Alexey Menishikov, who confirmed that the Kiev-based studio is currently being evacuated to western Ukraine and Poland. We’ve also reached out to Metro 4A developer and Prime World: Defenders co-development studio Red Beat, but have yet to hear back.

IGN also reached out to Ubisoft for any updates to the Ukraine-based studio and received the following message:

“The safety and health of our team members is always our top concern. We are monitoring the situation closely and have taken several measures to help keep our teams safe. we are in Ukraine. We are also providing support and aid to all team members. We do not ‘have no further details to share at this time but will continue to monitor and adjust for this. fit the situation as it evolves.”

Riot Games’ Valorant Champions Tour has decided to postpone its games this week due to the number of players, players, staff and fans affected by the invasion:

New York Video Game Critics Association publish a note this morning from Elena Lobova, founder of Kiev-based gaming industry community platform GDBay, who featured in the opening video of the recent New York Game Awards.

“I woke up at 5am this morning, without any particular reason, just had a bad dream…” Lobova wrote. “I went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. The kitchen window was open. Around 5:05 a.m., I heard some explosions that instantly took me back to 2014 in Lugansk. I knew what it was.

“There were a few explosions after that, still shooting every now and then. I’m in what seems to be the safest option out of what I have available, along with my close friends.

“We continue to work, do our best to stay safe and hope for the best.”

Serenity Forge, publisher of Death’s Gambit: Afterlife, shared the following statement from co-founder Zhenghua ‘Z’ Yang about the company’s efforts in supporting a development partner based in Ukraine. :

“Serenity Forge is working with a talented developer from Ukraine who assisted us and White Rabbit with the Xbox version of Death’s Gambit, but unfortunately he started to run away for his safety. after last night’s invasion started,” Z said. “We spoke with him to try to move him to our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, but unfortunately time ran out as US offices and services closed rapidly for several days. yesterday. Since last spoke to him yesterday, I believe he is safe. , but that may no longer be true as he is no longer in contact. We will continue to grow. Xbox version of Death’s Gambit when possible but right now our main concern is doing everything possible to keep our friends and colleagues safe.”

Companies outside of Ukraine are also providing support. 11 Bit Studios, the Polish creator of This War of Mine, has issued a statement opposing the war, also announcing that it will donate all profits from This War of Mine and all its DLC on all platforms and outlets for the Ukrainian Red Cross to support the victims.

Storefront GOG has made an announcement that it will also donate all profits from the sale of its own This War of Mine shares to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Publisher Raw Fury also released a statement in support of Ukraine, along with a call to action for donations to the Ukrainian Red Cross:

And Draw Distance, Polish developer of Serial Cleaner and Vampire: the Masquerade – Collions of New York, openly expressed support for Ukraine.

“Ukrainians are our neighbors, colleagues and employees. Their safety and the safety of their families are of great importance to us. We wholeheartedly condemn the Russian attack. into Ukraine.”

Other members of the gaming industry have also spoken out individually separate from the company’s statements. Bungie CEO Pete Parsons Posting the Ukrainian flag on my personal Twitter this morning. The main gameplay designer fixes Sergey Mohov has speak out against the invasion and shared some resources for Ukraine’s aid, as already SteamSpy Creator and Epic Games Publishing Strategy Director Sergiy Galyonkin.

And finally, Necrosoft Games director Brandon Sheffield is in the process of putting together an . package while supporting affected people in Ukraine as well as transgender youth in Texas after a move by the state governor to classify medical treatments for transgender youth as “child abuse”. The package is still a work in progress, Sheffield thinks the proceeds will be split 50/50 between the two causes.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine comes after months of escalating Russian military activity on the border between the two countries. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are back to Ukraine formally breaking up with Russia and voting for independence in 1991, The Maidan Revolution of 2014 saw the impeachment of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president after his refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union and the subsequent illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Several humanitarian relief organizations are now accepting donations and supporting their efforts to help Ukrainians affected by the war. These include:

  • Save children: Currently providing humanitarian aid to children.
  • UNICEF: Provide emergency supplies and safe water to the community, as well as care for children on the ground and those separated from their families.
  • HOPE . project: Send medical and healthcare supplies to refugees.

Update 2/24/2022 4:11 p.m. PT: Bungie has announced that it will donate 100% of proceeds in the first 48 hours of the Game2Give program to humanitarian aid efforts in response to the conflict in Ukraine.

In a follow-up tweet, Bungie listed several humanitarian aid organizations for people who want to help.

Studio Ultimate Chicken Horse Clever Endeavor also joined those who spoke out in favor of Ukraine, as Long Shadow Creator Raphael van Lierop. And the Ukrainian solo developer of the city-building game Otriv tweeted about waking up “to the sound of Russian shelling. “

Independent publisher TinyBuild, which has several team members and partners in the region, tweeted about their efforts to keep their people safe in Ukraine both before the attack and now:

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine. Game industry Call for support for Ukraine

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