Update #3 [Thu 3rd Mar, 2022 18:50 GMT]: The Pokémon Company has made the following statement, as well as a donation:
Update #2 [Thu 3rd Mar, 2022 14:45 GMT]: CD Projekt Red has now stated that it is ceasing the distribution of its titles in both Russia and Belarus.
Update #1 [Wed 2nd Mar, 2022 17:00 GMT]: In a statement released on Twitter, EA Sports has "initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products" in response to the escalating conflict in Ukraine:
Original Story [Fri 25th Feb, 2022 11:30 GMT]: Multiple video game studios and publishers are pledging their support to the people of Ukraine as Russia's invasion of its neighbour continues.
Polish company 11 bit Studios has announced that over the next seven days it will be donating all profits from its anti-war survival game This War of Mine to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
For the next week, "all profits from This War of Mine, all its DLCs, on all stores and all platforms will go to a special fund. A week from now, this money will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross to directly support victims of war in Ukraine."
In a statement, the studio said:
Let this message resonate with everything you know about this war and how war kills people, devastates their lives and homes. Let us - players and developers together - do everything we can to support victims of war in Ukraine.
California-based indie publisher and developer Crytivo, which runs an online store for digital games, has announced a similar initiative:
In support of Ukraine, we will donate all profits from our store from this month (February) and next month (March) to the Ukrainian Red Cross to support victims. We will also be providing our employees in Ukraine paid leave until they can either get to safety or the situation improves enough to allow them to work in a safe environment.
Gameloft, which has offices in the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Lviv, has also posted a statement:
Witcher studio CD Projekt Red has added its voice, too:
Publisher RedDeer.games has announced that it is donating 100% of its profits from all sales of Cyber Protocol during March to a charity supporting Ukraine:
RedDeer.Games is an international studio where we share common values - respect for other people and international cooperation over divisions and cultural differences.
Today the eyes of the whole world are turned towards the armed conflict in Ukraine. War and aggression are an evil that we condemn. We are against them, no matter if they happen near us or on the other side of the globe. We've decided that 100% of profits from March sales of our "Cyber Protocol" game - the very first game of our studio we are proud of, will be donated to a foundation chosen together with the players to help the people of attacked and occupied Ukraine.
Furthermore, RedDeer has created 15 job offers for people of Ukraine migrating from their home country to Poland.
Sergey Burkatovskiy expressed his personal opinion on social media which categorically does not reflect the position of the company. He has been let go and is no longer at the company.
Belarus-based Wargaming employs hundreds of developers in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv (Belarus itself has pledged support to Russia's invasion).
Wargaming's Kyiv studio had made a donation of 30m hryvnia ($1m) to the Ukrainian Red Cross, and has also made changes to its online advertising, removing images of advancing tanks, for obvious reasons.
Advertising for Wargaming's titles is not running in Ukraine, with the company stating that "we believe it is inappropriate and insensitive to advertise our games while it is the centre of this conflict".
The Wargaming representative added:
At Wargaming, the safety and security of our employees is the top priority. Currently, all available company resources are helping and supporting our 550+ colleagues: providing them with alternate housing, early salary payments, additional funds to aid travel and relocation.
We are helping our employees' families to travel to neighbouring countries and organising accommodation for them. And lastly, today Wargaming Kyiv are donating $1 million to the Ukrainian Red Cross. These funds will be used to support Ukrainian hospitals and doctors, those citizens who have been displaced and other vital activities of the humanitarian organisation as is needed.
This story has been updated more than once to reflect the increase in support from the games industry.