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Global Game Community Shows Support for Ukrainian Developers in Difficult Times

By Isabella Jiangcheng
Feb. 25, 2022 updated 10:19

As the Russian tanks crossed the Ukraine border on the night of Feb. 24th, Ukraine citizens, including its game developers, are now left in fear with the reality of a war starting on their homeland. Ukraine has a large community of game developers, and throughout the years, they have developed a series of games that are enjoyed and loved by the global gaming community.

A screenshot was circulating on Chinese social media soon after the bombings were heard at Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. The message, posted by an alleged staff from Ubisoft China, claimed Ubisoft Kyiv has been taken over by ‘the Russians’, and now the Shanghai team is taking over all the work. This has raised strong concern about the safety of Ukrainian game developers. Ubisoft currently has two offices in Ukraine, Kyiv, and Odessa, respectively. Both studios are major development units for Ubisoft’s influential titles including Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed.

After talking to our inner sources from Ubisoft, Superpixel is able to confirm that the claim is false and Ubisoft has released a statement on the issues. Ubisoft stressed that the safety and wellbeing of the teams have been the top priority and the company is providing aid to all the team members in Ukraine in order to keep them safe. So far, Ubisoft cannot share further information on this particular issue but they will continuously monitor the Ukraine situation and would take action if needed.'

Ubisoft is not the only developer that has taken an active stance on the situation. GSC Game World, the 300 people studio behind the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series released a statement on Twitter, asking for a global donation to a special aid account that supports the nation’s armed forces. ‘The future is unknown, but we hope for the best, are ever sure of our armed forces and our belief in Ukraine’, the developer team wrote in their statement.

Frogwares, Ukrainian developer of The Sinking City and the Sherlock Holmes series; Sengi Games, the developer behind the upcoming title The Serpent Rogue; G5 Entertainment, developer and publisher of high-quality free-to-play games, and Ukrainian esports organization Natus Vincere (NAVI) have all released statements to confirm the safety of their staff while advocated for support and took a firm stance on anti-war messages.

Communities outside of Ukraine have also shown support for the country at this heart-wrenching time. The Polish developer 11 Bit Studios stated against the invasion. The studio also announced that it would donate all profits from This War of Mine, all its DLCs, on all stores and all platforms in the next seven days to Ukrainian Red Cross in order to support the war victims of the country. Raw Fury, the Swedish developer also issued a similar statement in support of Ukraine and called for action to donate to Ukrainian Red Cross as well.

Apart from neighboring communities, Bungie, the American game developer behind Destiny and Halo, announced that it ‘will donate all of the proceeds of the first 48 hours of its Game2Give drive to humanitarian aids efforts in response to ongoing conflicts.’

The list of supports grows every minute ever since the first bomb attack in Ukraine. And we will continuously follow the progress of the Russian-Ukraine conflicts and how the global gaming community reacts to the situation.