Global Games Industry Mobilizes Around Ukraine | Pocket Gamer.biz
Every fortnight(-ish) we publish our editor’s column, the PocketGamer.biz view. It’s that column, but it seemed totally inappropriate to title it as such because right now our voice is far from being the most important.
This week you’ll see commentary from Ukrainian studios and teams, celebrations of their achievements and releases, updates over the past two days, and opportunities to show your support.
We are a peaceful nation, and since we gained our independence, we have never attacked or threatened anyone.
Because of this situation, our work will be impacted and our lives may be destroyed.
—Frogwares (@Frogwares) February 24, 2022
Frogwares is a Ukrainian studio based in Kiev, best known for the series Sinking City and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the latter having sold more than seven million copies (2017 figures). Many Frogware tiltes are available on Steam.
Dear friends, as some of you may know, we are based in Ukraine, today our country was attacked by Russia. They have declared a war and are currently attacking our citizens.
We won’t be able to answer you or help you as much with the atm game.
Love and peace to you all!
— The Serpent Rogue (@TheSerpentRogue) February 24, 2022
Ukrainian studio Sengi Games is the developer of the upcoming The Serpent Rogue, an alchemy-fueled action adventure game set in a medieval fantasy world, published by Team 17. The Serpent Rogue can be added to the list wishes on Steam, where you can also download a demo.
— Vostok Games (@VostokGames) February 24, 2022
Founded in 2012, Kviv-based Vostok Games is best known for its battle royale title, Fear the Wolves, and its F2P shooter, Survivarium, both available on Steam. Vostok Games has also started working on a new, unannounced project.
A few weeks ago, we looked at possible scenarios in Ukraine that could impact the well-being of @tinyBuild team members and partners.
We accelerated relocation procedures, offered support for moving to the western part of the country and prepared different scenarios.
— Alex Nichiporchik (@aNichiporchik) February 24, 2022
Lviv-based Hologryph joined indie publisher tinyBuild in 2020 after working on the Hello Neighbor multiplayer expansion, Secret Neighbor. tinyBuild has revealed that Hologryph is working on an original IP build for PS5 and Xbox Series.
— Gameloft (@gameloft) February 24, 2022
Gameloft’s Ukrainian studios – Kharkov, founded in 2007, and Lviv, 2014 – specialize respectively in the development and production of casual games and live games and in quality assurance. They’ve been responsible for some of Gameloft’s most notable franchises, including Asphalt Extreme and Order and Chaos.
— 4A Games (@4AGames) February 25, 2022
Driven by a desire to protect the welfare of staff, 4A Games was founded in Kviv in 2006. Now based in Malta and Ukraine, 4A is the developer of several entries in the popular FPS franchise, Metro, available on Steam.
— 11bit Studios (@11bitstudios) February 24, 2022
Poland-based 11 bit studios has announced that all proceeds from its hit title, This War of Mine, across all stores and platforms over the next six days will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Today was a dark day for all of Europe.
EGDF condemns the Putin regime’s war against Ukraine and calls for international support for Ukraine, its people and the Ukrainian game developer community.
Full press release here: https://t.co/Z3U8G9cnWA pic.twitter.com/aQVskB03pn
— EGDF Team (@EgdfTeam) February 24, 2022
The European Federation of Game Developers has explicitly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calls for greater international support for Ukraine and its game developer community. Their full comments can be read here.
You can also donate directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross via the following links: