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GOG suspends all sales in Russia and Belarus

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With the ongoing brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, many more companies are taking action and now GOG has made a big announcement with their store.

Here's the statement they provided about the decision to suspend activities in Russia and Belarus

In light of the Russian military invasion in our neighboring country of Ukraine, until further notice, we made the decision to halt all sales in Russia and Belarus.

Effective March 3rd, 2022, we suspend sales of all games distributed on the GOG platform on the territories of Russia and Belarus. While buying products on GOG is not possible, users from the affected territories can still log in to their accounts and keep access to purchased items.

The entire CD PROJEKT Group stands firm with the people of Ukraine. 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. We know that players in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be impacted by this decision, but with this action we wish to further galvanize the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe.

GOG has also recently, which I missed (sorry!), been helping a few developers give 100% of the sales money to charity. This includes games like This War of Mine, Slipways, MouseCraft and more. It's not up for much longer though.

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johndoe Mar 3, 2022
No, I think this is the right thing to do.
Stop everything (beside internet access) with russia as possible. All russian people should start to demonstrate against Putin and force him to resign.


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Samsai Mar 3, 2022
Quoting: GuestBecause I work witch people from Belarus i know that they are not russia ally, they are almost 'under occupation' and now when most company are not willing to trade witch Belarus its make life there even more hard (from my perspective killing people with guns (russia do it now in Ukraine) its near same Evil like not selling food to people and allow them to die from hunger (companies do it no by stoping trade witch Belarus))
Putin and Lukashenko are solely to blame for the suffering their actions have caused on their citizens. So, if the citizens are unhappy, they should know well who to send their complaints.

And while the bombs are falling on Ukrainians, I have very little sympathy for Belarussians and Russians who can't buy video games. Not that they could anyway, because their credit cards aren't quite as swift as they used to be.
Nocifer Mar 3, 2022
I'll refrain from saying anything very particular because I don't want to possibly ignite a flame war, but GOG... bad, bad move; not the least because the Russian people != the Russian kind-of-dictator who's invaded Ukraine, and this move will only hurt the former (well, "hurt", because it's not like anybody would give a rat's a$$ about GOG on a large scale; Putin hunting down and arresting Russian political dissidents left and right as we speak is e.g. a much more stressful situation for the average Russian IMHO). But oh well, the world is in full hysterical mode nowadays and far wiser people have already fallen into that sad, black-and-white state of mind, so I really shouldn't be expecting better from poor ole GOG with its sh*te PR and Marketing departments.
BielFPs Mar 3, 2022
Quoting: Guestyes one crazy person start war (that is evil) so as response lets make life on normal people in Belarus (that Hate Putin and Łukaszenko) more sad and hard be not selling them (because we can do evil thinks too and pretend that we do good think)
What's the general opinion of people over there about the Russian attack? I've heard that the local media is trying to pass the image that this is some kind of "defensive occupation" despite the fact that is Putin launching missiles on residential areas of Ukraine.
Kristian Mar 3, 2022
Quoting: johndoeNo, I think this is the right thing to do.
Stop everything (beside internet access) with russia as possible. All russian people should start to demonstrate against Putin and force him to resign.

Why besides internet access? So they can get western information? Maybe you are correct, but I think if the cables connecting Russia to other countries were severed that could have a pretty big impact too...
slapin Mar 3, 2022
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I understand people behind sanctions but things do not work this way here. People will just consolidate and finally China will benefit from everything. That is because everyone here is in special kind of information bubble in which Putin is right and nation hero. So to avoid same thing happenning again there should be something which makes people see what is really going on. Thinking people already protesting but that is in vain because they have zero support.
Meanwhile, Valve, a Yankee company, is still selling games to Russians...

So, I don't know what to think.
johndoe Mar 3, 2022
Quoting: Kristian
Quoting: johndoeNo, I think this is the right thing to do.
Stop everything (beside internet access) with russia as possible. All russian people should start to demonstrate against Putin and force him to resign.

Why besides internet access? So they can get western information? Maybe you are correct, but I think if the cables connecting Russia to other countries were severed that could have a pretty big impact too...

Yes, the internet is the only way for russians the SEE/READ the truth instead of Putins propaganda. They are already censored in many ways since years.
The willing russian will find/knows ways to omit the censorship.
slapin Mar 3, 2022
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Quoting: johndoe
Quoting: Kristian
Quoting: johndoeNo, I think this is the right thing to do.
Stop everything (beside internet access) with russia as possible. All russian people should start to demonstrate against Putin and force him to resign.

Why besides internet access? So they can get western information? Maybe you are correct, but I think if the cables connecting Russia to other countries were severed that could have a pretty big impact too...

Yes, the internet is the only way for russians the SEE/READ the truth instead of Putins propaganda. They are already censored in many ways since years.
The willing russian will find/knows ways to omit the censorship.

Nobody is actually willing to hear the sad truth, the propaganda sounds more comfortable.
rustybroomhandle Mar 3, 2022
I'd generally prefer anything that could be used as a channel of communication to remain open. Russians are getting loads of misinformation, and loads of sites are being cut off to keep the propaganda going. So anything allowing the truth to be told is welcome.
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