CD Projekt Loses Witcher 2 Lawsuit

CD Projekt Loses Witcher 2 Lawsuit


CD Projekt, the Polish development company behind The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, has seen their share of disappointing news. Last week, Marcin Iwinski, the CEO at CD Projekt, revealed that that roughly 4.5 million people have pirated the game. By contrast, they’ve sold about 1 million copies.

Well, if that news wasn’t bad enough, yesterday, a French court ruled against the developer in a lawsuit regarding the European publishing rights. The suit, which was filed by NAMCO Bandai back in July, alleged that NAMCO had secured the publishing rights to The Witcher 2 from CD Projekt’s parent company Optimus SA.

NAMCO Bandai’s win will force CD Projekt to back out of a publishing agreement with THQ or else they’ll face charges of 15,000 Euros per day. It will also give NAMCO the right to release Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360 in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central America, and South America.

Iwinski would not comment on the lawsuit other than to say that he was “not satisfied” with the verdict, but happy that it has been resolved.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is currently out for PCs, but is heading for Xbox 360 in early 2012. You should probably pick up a copy, if you haven’t already stolen it.

By Josh Engen

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