Russian Government Blocks Stalker 2 Website

The official website for a Ukrainian video game appears to be blocked in Russia. According to the RIA Novosti news agency (thanks XGP.pl and VGC), the website has been blocked by the country's Prosecutor General's Office. The official Stalker 2 homepage shows a banner that invites support for Ukraine, which is being invaded by Russia.

Stalker 2 is a first-person survival shooter developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World. Due to the ongoing invasion, initiated by Russia's leader Vladimir Putin, the studio is reportedly moving its offices to Prague. GSC Game World stopped business operations in Russia last month.

The first Stalker released in 2007 while the follow-up was scheduled for official release for this December. But since GSC Game World's home country is currently at war, development on Stalker 2 has understandably been interrupted. In Early March, the developers uploaded a YouTube video that acknowledged the difficulties it was facing.

"On the 24th of February, Russia declared war on Ukraine and sent rockets, tanks and soldiers to our homeland. Our country is forced to fight for existence again. Seems like this is the price of freedom", the video said, with cuts to footage of explosions throughout Ukraine. "This video is our answer to [the] 'how are you guys?' question. Now we are striving to help our employees and their families to survive. The game development shifted to the sidelines. But we will definitely continue. After the victory. Glory to Ukraine".

While Russia may have blocked Stalker 2's official website, many members of the games industry have rallied around Ukraine. In fact, companies such as Bandai Namco, The Pokemon Company, Ubisoft, CD Projekt Red, Square Enix, itch.io, Humble Bundle, Epic, Microsoft, and others, have together raised nearly $200 million for Ukraine.

Epic Games and Microsoft's Fortnite efforts took the lead with an incredible $144 million raised for humanitarian aid to Ukraine, with this staggering amount coming from profits made from the game over a four-day period, with Microsoft donating its usual cut made from in-game purchases. Humble Bundle's Stand With Ukraine bundle of games proved to be a hit, and raised over $20 million for the cause.

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