Trade associations representing the video game industry including the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, responded to the conflict in Ukraine with the following statement:
“The video game industry stands in support of the people of Ukraine and joins the international call to end the violence and restore peace in the region. Our members are working to provide practical and immediate support to those employees, colleagues and families who are affected.”
Resources to help those affected:
- UN Refugee Agency has been on the ground in Ukraine since 2014 providing life-sustaining services to people forced to flee and is scaling up assistance as needed to meet the urgent needs of Ukrainian families.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): A global organisation assisting those in war-torn areas, the ICRC enables medical professionals and engineers to better the living conditions of Ukraine residents. The ICRC has been on the ground for years, delivering urgent assistance — food, fuel for heating, medical supplies and support for housing — to those living close to the line of contact in eastern Ukraine.
- UNICEF has been working across eastern Ukraine for the better part of the last decade, and is at the forefront of the humanitarian response in eastern Ukraine and continues to reach vulnerable children and families affected by the conflict with essential services. UNICEF will be working in programmatic areas, including health, water and sanitation, child protection and education.
- International Medical Corps are already on the ground and are preparing to deploy mobile medical teams, to provide essential emergency and primary health services; mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services, which are critical for conflict-affected communities; and COVID-19 awareness and prevention services, to help keep displaced people safe from the pandemic.
- Polish Humanitarian Action is providing humanitarian aid including food and other forms of support to people who had to leave their homes. Their efforts support people affected by conflict both internally displaced as well as refugees coming to Poland.
- ISFE is providing additional resources and verified links from other associations in Europe.