Users in Russia and Belarus will not be able to install the company’s video games on their devices.
More and more companies in the industry are blocking the sale of their products in Russia and Belarus. As a result, Take-Two’s decision to leave the market in both countries, blocking the sale of its products and even the installation of its video games, was announced a few hours ago.
“We have watched the recent events in Ukraine with sadness and concern,” Alan Lewis, Take-Two’s vice president of communications, told GamesIndustry. “After much deliberation over the past week, we have decided to stop new sales, installations and marketing support for our brands in Russia and Belarus,” the US giant added.
Thus, until further action is taken, gamers in the Russian Federation and Belarus will not be able to purchase and/or download 2K Games, 2K Sports, Private Division , and Rockstar releases on their computers, including NBA 2K22, OlliOlli World and Grand Theft Auto V. , the third most successful video game on Russian territory, according to Newzoo. Only Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2 , both from Valve, are ahead of it in popularity.
With this decision, Take-Two joins other big companies such as CD Projekt RED, Microsoft , EA , Ubisoft and a long etc., which in recent days have decided to leave Russia in protest against the invasion of Ukraine, which began nearly two weeks ago. In fact, Ukraine itself requested these pressure measures.
However, several companies in the sector are donating part of their profits to the Ukrainian people and are launching initiatives such as a package of 1 000 toys for just USD 10.