CD Projekt Sicks Their Lawyers On Witcher Pirates

CD Projekt Sicks Their Lawyers On Witcher Pirates


The folks over at CD Projekt have been very outspoken about their dislike for DRM systems. However, just like most people who make their living off of gaming, they have a distaste for piracy. And just to prove it, the developer has started threatening legal action against several German individuals who allegedly helped themselves to a copy of The Witcher 2 without paying for it.

The pirates recently opened their mailboxes to find a settlement proposal for around 911.80 Euros, which works out to about $1,187. Not surprisingly, most of the defendants are proclaiming their innocence, but considering that more than 4.5 million people have pirated the game, the statistics aren’t on their side.

“We could introduce advanced copy protection systems which, unfortunately, punish legal customers as well,” CD Projekt told Eurogamer. “Instead, we decided to give gamers some additional content with each game release, to make their experience complete.”

“However, that shouldn’t be confused with us giving a green light to piracy,” CD Projekt added. “We will never approve of it, since it doesn’t only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry. We’ve seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 percent sure have downloaded our game illegally.”

The developer didn’t specify how they obtained the identities of said pirates, but Michal Nowakowski, CD Projekt RED VP of business development, is confident that they’ve found the right people. “We’re addressing only 100% confirmed piracy causes that are 100% possible to prove,” he said. “We are not worried about tracking the wrong people. As this is the trade secret of the company working on this, I cannot share it.”

Originally, The Witcher 2 actually did include a DRM system, but when it started causing problems for their paying customers, CD Projekt promptly removed it.

By Josh Engen

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