Itch.io held a Ukrainian-themed bundle to support the people of Ukraine, who have been devastated by their country’s war with Russia and its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The Bundle was successful: it raised $34,000 for Ukrainians helping refugees from the conflict zone escape into Europe. It also prompted Twitch Prime subscriptions among gamers unhappy about Russian streamers being paid during pro matches on Twitch’s platform; this is an unprecedented move that may result in further political ramifications.

Itch.io’s Bundle for Ukraine, Cyberpunk 2077 review-bombing, and Twitch’s withholds pay to Russian streamers

The “pilots federation alert” is a news story that has been circulating on the internet. The pilots federation alerted all members of the Ukrainian military to be prepared for an attack by Russia. This has caused many people to worry about what will happen next in this conflict.

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Several game developers donated to the cause of racial equality in 2020, when BLM demonstrations erupted throughout the United States, notably indie gaming platform Itch.io, whose contributors combined put up almost 1500 titles as a return for contributions. They collected nearly $8 million, and now they’re doing it again for Ukraine, which is undergoing a dreadful Russian assault.

The Bundle for Ukraine aims to raise $1 million from gamers, who may donate as little as $10 in return for almost a thousand independent games. As I write this, 66K individuals have contributed, leaving just a few thousand dollars to reach the target. The International Medical Corps and the Ukrainian NGO Voices of Children will share the revenues equally.

“The Ukrainian people are being attacked. We want to build new worlds as game creators, not ruin the ones we already have. That’s why we’ve come together to put up this charity package to assist Ukrainians get through this hardship and prosper after the conflict is over. Our package features around 1,000 games, tabletop RPGs, novels, and other items since this cause has resonated with artists all across the world.”

In related news, Russian troll farms were allegedly enraged by Polish studio CD Projekt Red’s support for its Ukrainian neighbors, as Cyberpunk 2077’s Steam reviews were bombarded with pro-Russian spam over the weekend. Thankfully, Valve has already cleaned up the mess and restored the game’s original scores.

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Finally, Twitch declared that it would abide with the economic restrictions placed on Russia by the United States and other nations, which will result in the suspension of payments to at least some Russian streams. “As soon as we are authorized to do so,” the business informed Russian streamers, “we will do our utmost to give you income you have earned.”

More information about the video game industry’s reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine can be found here.

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