11 Bit Studios, the Polish-based developer behind This War of Mine and Frostpunk, has revealed that they have donated 3 million PLN (approximately $695,000) to Ukraine aid efforts amid Russia continue to invade the country.
Last week, 11 Bit Studios announced they would be donating all proceeds from the sale of This War of Mine to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Since then, other developers like GSC Game World, Bungie, etc. have shown support for Ukraine.
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Original story, 2/24/22:
Russia has openly attacked and invaded Ukraine after weeks of heightened tensions between the two countries, with dozens of Ukrainian citizens believed to have been killed in the bombings. As the world watched this historic (and frankly terrifying) event unfold, efforts began to help the civilians caught in the fire. That includes 11Bit Studios, the makers of the popular 2014 anti-war survival game, This fight is mine.
11Bit, a Polish studio, has announced that it is heavily discounting This War of Mine, The Little Ones console expansion and port, and its DLC across all platforms over the next week. The game is currently 75-8o% off, down to $4.99 on Steam and $3.99 on consoles. 100% of the profits made during this sale will form a fund that will be donated to Ukrainian Red Cross. In This War of Mine, the player oversees and cares for a group of civilians who have survived a devastating conflict in a commentary on the horrors of war. You can read 11Bit’s full statement below.
Today Russian military forces attacked the free country of Ukraine – our neighbor. As a Polish game studio and creator of the globally recognized anti-war game, This War of Mine – a live game about the anguish and misery of the common people affected by war – we hereby announce our company statement: we are against Russian aggression towards Ukraine. Even so, just words are empty without meaningful action and timing is crucial, so act as follows: for the next seven days, all profits from This War of Mine, all All its DLCs, across all stores and all platforms will go into a special fund. In a week, this money will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross to directly support war victims in Ukraine.
Let this message resonate with all you know about this war and how war kills people and wreaks havoc on their lives and homes. Let us – players and developers together – do everything we can to support the victims of war in Ukraine.
11 Bit is not the first European Studio to condemn the attacks. STALKER 2 GSC Game World developer, based in Ukraine, post its own call for support, say in part:
As of today, the Russian Federation has officially declared war on Ukraine. Our country wakes up to the explosions and gunfire of weapons, but ready to defend its freedom and independence, for it remains strong and ready for anything. The future is unknown, but we hope for the best, always with certainty about our armed forces and our faith in Ukraine.
We therefore refer to all of our colleagues in the gaming industry; players, bloggers or anyone seeing this post in their news feed: share this post, don’t stand aside and help those in need.
If you want to help our neighbors abroad, you can donate directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross this.