Back in December, Polish
developer CD Projekt Red made headlines when it started siccing lawyers on
users it accused of pirating The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Ironically, the
gritty RPG was known for being DRM free, and as a result became one of the most bootlegged games of the year.
The accusations, and threats of
legal action, invoked quite the internet fury, with many players claiming to be
wrongfully accused. Today, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski has issued
an open letter to the press and gaming community, proclaiming an end to the
company’s pursuit of pirates, which you can read in its entirety below:
An Open Letter to the Gaming
Community from CD Projekt RED
In early December, an article was
published about a law firm acting on behalf of CD Projekt RED, contacting
individuals who had downloaded The Witcher 2 illegally and seeking financial
compensation for copyright infringement. The news about our decision to combat
piracy directly, instead of with DRM, spread quickly and with it came a number
of concerns from the community. Repeatedly, gamers just like you have said that
our methods might wrongly accuse people who have never violated our copyright
and expressed serious concern about our actions.
Being part of a community is a
give-and-take process. We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we
have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see
that many gamers felt that our actions didn't respect the faith that they have
put into CD Projekt RED. Our fans always have been and remain our greatest
concern, and we pride ourselves on the fact that you all know that we listen to
you and take your opinions to heart. While we are confident that no one who
legally owns one of our games has been required to compensate us for copyright
infringement, we value our fans, our supporters, and our community too highly
to take the chance that we might ever falsely accuse even one individual.
So we've decided that we will
immediately cease identifying and contacting pirates.
Let's make this clear: we don't
support piracy. It hurts us, the developers. It hurts the industry as a whole.
Though we are staunch opponents of DRM because we don't believe it has any
effect on reducing piracy, we still do not condone copying games illegally.
We're doing our part to keep our relationship with you, our gaming audience, a
positive one. We've heard your concerns, listened to your voices, and we're
responding to them. But you need to help us and do your part: don't be
indifferent to piracy. If you see a friend playing an illegal copy of a
game--any game--tell your friend that they're undermining the possible success
of the developer who created the very game that they are enjoying. Unless you
support the developers who make the games you play, unless you pay for those
games, we won't be able to produce new excellent titles for you.
Keep on playing, Marcin Iwinski co-founder CD Projekt RED
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