Potential buyers of loop hero based in areas affected by economic sanctions must pirate the game, announced the Four Quarters studio. Due to sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, some customers in Russia may not be able to use regular payment methods to purchase games on Steam.
The Russian independent studio – which does not support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine— encouraged his followers to “help raise the pirate flag” in a March 27 post on his official VK account. He also shared a torrent link.
Asked by a user how the studio can be supported during the ongoing crisis, the Four Quarters account wrote (via Google Translate): “We can handle it, thanks. [for you to provide support] take better care of your loved ones and friends.”
After this post gained a lot of attention, Four Quarters followed with a development update from Loop Hero, which reaffirmed that “there’s nothing wrong with torrents” and that it has received many donation offers. Work on an update in progress is 80% complete and will continue “soon”. I have reached out to a Devolver spokesperson for comment and will update if I receive a response.
While customers in Russia may have trouble purchasing games on Steam and other platforms, game developers have worse. Steam payments are at a standstill not only in Russia, but also in Ukraine, and won’t start paying out until April, Tyler informed earlier today. Valve acknowledged the situation, writing that “we know this is super frustrating for everyone involved and we hope to find a better resolution soon.”
Many companies have made unequivocal statements about their business in Russia, such as Microsoft and Sony paralyzing sales and blocking access to stores in the country. Valve – perhaps not unexpectedly – has not made such a statement, but inevitably needs to observe sanctions imposed by the US government.