CD Projekt's PERFECT RESPONSE to The Witcher Author's $16m Demand

Producer of The Witcher games series CD Projekt were issued a demand of $16m USD in unpaid royalties. Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the original books, claims that he wasn’t compensated enough and is due more money. CD Projekt have responded characteristically rather well if you ask us.

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  • I heard that now everything is settled between the 2 parties and the contract has been renewed

    samarth rana June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • The author is everything. witcher exists because of him.

    Alexandru June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Games profit a lot by publishing stories, ideas, worlds and lore created by the author, these are called intellectual properties . It is only rightful that the author get to demand what he wants to be paid for his work of art and original idea or concept. Without him, there will be no Witcher games. Not to say the obvious, but stories of games adopted from real literary creation like witcher 3, are more interesting than what we usually get from other RPG games.. This I believe, is what makes the author's intellectual properties as priceless to begin with.

    Most stories in RPG games are made by 40 different writers all mashed into one game, this poses a problem to character development, lore, and creates untied loopholes and loose ends in the story, attributing to general confusion and dissatisfaction. Because different authors have different minds: hence different ideas, interests and most importantly, any artist out there has the very predictable knack to inject their own subtle messages into the stories they create. As the number of artists creating the story increases, the variety of interests and purpose becomes more and more obvious and sometimes takes the focus away from the original concept. This fact in turn takes a toll on the general objective, purpose and coherence of the story and in turn affects the overall experience.

    The books presented us a very interesting story of a character who is interestingly powerful but just like everyone else is trying to live his or her life doing what he believes to be of the general good. (How he earned the moniker "The butcher of Blaviken" at 1st glance may seem like a glorious title. But if you read the story about it in "The Lesser Evil", you will understand how he reluctantly gained it and despised the title. He tries to be a hero because he knows he can do something for others with his abilities, yet in the cruel world always ends up getting shamed and misunderstood. With the environment he is living in and the circumstances, he is always forced into conflicts and tasks beyond his interests that leads to one thing or another. A somewhat sort of predestination which leaves him with nothing but grey moral choices. Though the character is physically impossible to exist in reality, his ordeal, his humane beliefs, feelings and general purpose represents the majority of us people and what we try to do in our daily lives. You can very much relate to his experiences in what you are going through in real life situations. You try to be some kind of hero to help others and to always do what is good and fair for everyone, but the cruel world were living in is always unfair to you; Judge you the wrong way or marginalize you and put labels on your person. And interestingly enough, only the females in the story are the real geniuses who somehow are able to see what a person truly is inside. (Otherwise Geralt wouldn't get laid as frequently as he did). So does being treated unfairly while trying to do good sound familiar to you? Yes? Because this is what were actually experiencing in our real lives day in and out. No matter who you are, rich or poor, we all are always experiencing this reality's betrayal to our goals and intentions. This is why most of us still don't have the answer to the most important question in life: "What is my purpose". And this is what makes the story of Geralt so interesting. Without Sapkowski, or had there been many people doing this work, this conveyance of the whole experience would not be possible. In short I agree that he has the right to demand any price for his creation. It is true that you can't put a price on beauty. 😉

    Dax Bertumen June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • His son was dying from cancer and he needed money

    “The lesser evil”

    Enryu Wolfgang June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Nobody would know the witcher without the games (i mean the big audience) including myself…. Hes so disrespectfull because he was offered profit sharing but he refused it. He didnt believe that such games could be successfull. When he see he was wrong he wanted his piece of cake afterwards but he didnt get it. Hes a truely embittered and ungrateful person. Cd project made something grate of his vision and deserves a lot of more credits than he gives….

    Ray Phoenix June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Such a pathetic money-grubbing fool. Sapkowski is smearing the good name of Witchers

    chrisroserva June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • So is Polish currency gold?

    hi June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • To be honest, CDPR / The Witcher 3 is the only reason I found out about the unknown book series. And for a book adaptation, The Witcher 3 did a superb job. And I don't care if it's a canon, The Witcher (games) lore is great on its own.

    RJ Macmac June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • The creator of the Witcher novels should of settled for a percentage just like the creator of cyberpunk did and not a quick 5k or whatever shit he settled for,

    D B June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Lol there's nothing PERFECT about CD Projekt Red.

    DANIEL RAIN June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • They settled with the author but not for the full amount he asked for. That means they gave in and lost.

    Luke C June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • I think CD Projekt Red is fabulous in every way… However, everyone rubbishing Sapkowski and going so far as to label him as "greedy" "sad" a "jerk" etc is out of order. It looks like he made a bad choice it's true. But it seems at least fair to clarify whether the company's contract does indeed entitle them to UNLIMITED USE of the stories and characters across ALL GAMES forever, or whether it was just for the first game, which seems more plausible. It is at least fair to allow that there was a misunderstanding of what was being purchased specifically – between Sapkowski not taking the situation seriously enough, the company being in early days and not having the savvy that they do now and no one imagining how far the video game series would go (or that there would even be a series).

    Several accounts report Sapkowski got a lump sum of just 35,000 PLN (approximately $9,220/£7,055). This is incredibly low compared to profits to date. He is asking for 6% – far from greedy or unreasonable… As a couple examples and without doing too much research of how much money the company is making off of Witcher: In 2015, when Witcher 3 was released the profits were reported at $90/£61.5 million equivalent at the time. For 2016 the company's website reports: "Cumulative revenues from sales of The Witcher 3 topped 1 billion PLN [$263,610,000/£201,660,000] in 1.5 years…. The 2016 revenues and net profit of the CD PROJEKT Capital Group were equivalent to 75% of the corresponding figures for 2015".

    The video games could not have been a success without CD Projekt Red's absolutely phenomenal skill and dedication (and they do seem like lovely. likeable people). But obviously, there would not have been Witcher games without Sapkowski and his already famous work. Whether Sapkowski is a likeable person or not is not a logical argument in claiming he shouldn't be fairly compensated. Yet maybe he is unlikable because he is bitter about getting taken advantage of (just a thought). Whatever the case, trying to revisit what plausibly seems to be contractual misunderstandings and bad judgement/luck as a result of inexperience, poor legal advice in order to win a fairer portion for the author's contribution is very far from greedy.

    I wonder how all the people shredding Sapkowski would feel if they were the artist who had received $9,220/£7,055 while the company who used their work was turning over high 10's of millions in profits per year.

    Unquestionably CD Projekt deserves to enjoy fruits from its talents, labour and risk, but I hope it does settle 'amicably' with Sapkowski. Failing that, I hope Polish copyright law backs the artist up.

    Tatyana Valda Belinda Hill June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • salty man
    he was their hero and he shit on them

    Harry Black June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • CDPR threw a taxman at us for exploiting the cow glitch in White Orchard… And now Sapkowski is CDPR's taxman. LMFAO

    EzioIlMentore June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Who the fuck is Andrei Sapkow-whatever… the author would be another George RR Martin wannabe had it not been for the games.

    desiviking June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply


    Jeremy Gibbs June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • He's not the EA of book authors because EA actually succeeded in cash grabbing lmao

    Bluesky1221 June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Around Jews, You Lose.

    It is good when the lesser destroy themselves June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • They should ask the writer to pay them. Think about how many books have been sold as a result. Plus the movie option. Is more from the game

    Andy T June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • About your struggling with Sapkowski's first name – it's actually pronounced more like "Anjay" than "Andray".

    Marcin Barczyński June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • Ugh Sapkowski has been an aggreviating addition to Polish fantasy book fandom let me tell you this. He is generally convinced of his superiority and reading his interviews is always… ineteresting. Don't get me wrong, I love witcher books even before the games came out but a) they're not a literary masterpiece b) that doesn't help his behaviour.
    And second thing that makes this claim so infuriating is that he constantly belittles games. He said it clearly he "doesn't have time for games", has never seen gameplay, doesn't consider games art. or any sort of valid genre of entertainment worth his appraisal. He certainly won't admit that witcher games are what made his books sell abroad. So it's even more annoying because he had repeatedly belittled games during his career.

    Malcadicta June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • They took a risk acquiring a new copyrighted story to make the game out of, they had no idea if it would be a success, only hoped.
    They payed the amount in full for it, giving themselves even more risk instead of a split risk between the writer and the studio of a royalty of sorts.

    The writer put all his chips on it failing, take a larger sum upfront.
    The studio put all their chips on it succeeding, paying a larger sum upfront
    They took a HUGE risk, he took zero risk and got paid a bag of cash for his work, what it was VALUED AT THE TIME.

    By this insane logic if I sell you a bar of silver for $5, and the value goes though the roof, I should be able to come demand more money from you.

    Welcome to the free market you dirty commie, go join back up with your soviet squad, they seem to have left you in Poland.

    Mulgen June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • I still doubt that he's just so greedy. Anyway if you wanted to buy/pirate any of the books the first three are best. Others go downhill

    Radvilas Akelis June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
  • In case anyone is wondering. The show starts at 38 seconds. Nevermind their nerd drivel.

    Paul Colburn June 25, 2020 2:43 pm Reply
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