Smite developer is utilizing its Russian game gross sales to help Ukraine

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Smite may not have Robin Hood in its roster, however that’s not stopping developer Hi-Rez Studios from redistributing some wealth. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the crew is doing what it may for these caught within the crossfire.

Several firms have made donations to the trigger. Notably, The Pokemon Company despatched $200,000 to Ukraine by way of GlobalGiving. Hi-Rez can also be making a donation of $50,000 to UNICEF, however that’s simply a part of the plan, in response to studio CEO Stewart Chisam on Twitter. That quantity goes to develop: “100% of revenue from Russia in March and April” may also be donated to UNICEF, Chisam acknowledged. Some firms like CD Projekt have minimize off Russian gross sales fully, and that methodology is completely nice. Hi-Rez, nonetheless, is sticking it to the Russian management by utilizing their very own funds towards them in help Ukraine. That’s fairly rad.

Hi-Rez will probably be donating 100% of its revenues from Russia in March and April to UNICEF, directed to assist kids of Ukraine, beginning w/a $50,000 donation to be made instantly as a down cost towards that dedication. Money spent on our video games in Russia is spent to assist Ukraine

— Stewart Chisam (@schisam) March 4, 2022

The video games trade has been rallying round Ukraine lots. EA additionally stopped its Russian gross sales, whereas the EA Sports division is eradicating Russian groups from its video games. The state of affairs is especially dire for studios like GSC Game World, which is situated in Ukraine itself. Stalker 2 growth has paused whereas the crew focuses on the security of its staff and their households. It intends to begin again up “after the victory” over Russia.