The Russian studio Mundfish has been involved in a lot of scandals lately. We have already mentioned that the company’s main position is, so to speak, “outside the political sphere.” The game itself is made for the money of Gazprom-related entities, and its investors are not squeamish the “Donetsk People’s Republic” YouTube channel for game advertising.
Let’s find out what is wrong with Atomic Heart. In short, everything. To be more specific, it is being developed by the Russian game studio Mundfish, which used to work in Moscow but for some reason moved to Cyprus, although there seems to be plenty of space in Russia itself. Mundfish is “making money” for Russian investors who are connected to companies that have been sanctioned.
The studio claims that it has nothing to do with politics. And many people believe it, although the company’s position is more like parents playing hide and seek with small children, simply covering their eyes. The only thing missing are the words: “Where is the policy? There is no politics!” But the truth is that the studio uses money from Gazprom and VTB, which are under sanctions. But for some reason, this does not stop many gamers around the world from being interested in this project.
We do not comment on politics or religion. Rest assured; we are a global team focused on getting Atomic Heart into the hands of gamers everywhere.
— @Mundfish #AtomicHeart (@mundfish) January 16, 2023
The studio’s website states that they can collect data from all users and visitors to the official Mundfish website. The authors of this policy, referring to the Russian, excuse me, legislation under which the data is collected, also mention Russian laws on mobilization. They claim that Russia is recruiting soldiers to continue the war against Ukraine. So how many more red flags do we need?
So after that, the question remains rhetorical as to why the “Cyprus” studio refers to Russian laws that support the war. Even worse, why the same studio believes that there is nothing wrong with handing over user data to the Russian FSS.