Indie Polish developer 11 bit Studios has released a strong statement condemning the recent “special military operation” by Russian forces into Ukraine. For the next week they’re donating all profits from their 2014 survival-strategy game This War of Mine to the Ukranian Red Cross to “support victims of war in Ukraine.”
— 11 bit studios (@11bitstudios) February 24, 2022
Here’s the full statement:
Today Russian military forces attacked the free country of Ukraine – our neighbors. As a Polish game studio and creators of the globally recognized anti-war game, This War of Mine – one that directly speaks about the suffering and misery of civilians who are affected by war – we’d like to hereby announce our company statement: we stand against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Just words would be empty without a meaningful act though, and the timing is crucial, so the act is as follows: for the next seven days, 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.
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.
In This War of Mine, players control a growing (and dwindling) group of ordinary people trying to survive in a war-torn country. During the day, characters can cook food, heal survivors, and upgrade their shelter. At night they must carefully journey out to gather supplies, sometimes at the expense of other human beings. It’s a well-designed strategy game with an intensely sobering theme.
This War of Mine is available on PC (Steam, GoG), PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and mobile devices (Android, iOS).