Witcher 2 developer about to go all RIAA on pirates

CD Projekt is putting would-be pirates on notice. Those who illegally download The Witcher 2 may receive a letter demanding compensation be paid to the developer or else face legal action.

"Of course we're not happy when people are pirating our games, so we are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies," CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński told Eurogamer.

"In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, 'Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine.'

We are totally fair, but if you decide you will not buy it legally there is a chance you'll get a letter.”

Just what percentage of pirates will be receiving a letter is unclear, and it's likely that CD Projekt hopes that the simple knowledge that they are monitoring torrents and are capable of taking legal action is enough to deter piracy. However, given the fact that both the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America have tried similar strategies without a great deal of success, we're not getting our hopes up. What's more, the kinds of monitoring that those “torrent sneaking” companies do is an incredibly blunt tool for finding pirates, as the RIAA experiment has shown. It's been a PR nightmare for the recording industry.

While we support a developers' right to receive payment for its work, we hope that CD Projekt shows more discretion and reason than those in whose inept footsteps they're following. In other words, nail the pirates, but don't sue the deceased, shake down children, or threaten those not involved with piracy at all.

The good news is that The Witcher 2, when purchased from GOG, will not feature built-in DRM. It will not require an internet connection to play, and will be installable any number of times.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Nov 23, 2010


  • DreamWeaverPL - November 24, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    Oh, so now GR is strictly against piracy? Way to go...
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - November 24, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Getting it from GOG this time. When I bought the Enhanced Edition of the Witcher last time I had tremendous trouble getting my dvd player to even read the disc due to the shitty DRM tages system. Extremely happy to see a (hopefully) hassle and DRM free version of the game available for purchase. Bioware's games get all of the hype but The Witcher is the one that actually delivered and I expect the sequel to as well.
  • mockraven - November 23, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    @Spacegrass When they originally released The Witcher, there was also a ~2GB demo you could download to try on your computer that had a decent amount of gameplay so you could decide ahead of time before investing in the game. I don't know if they'll be offering a demo again, but if they do, then there is even less of a reason for people to pirate the game before buying. Honestly, even though the whole system sounds both inefficient and awkward, from the article it almost seems like if you buy a legit copy CD Projekt will leave you alone. I'm not too sure if that's the case but the wording implies such. I do wonder how this will turn out in the future, as other people have stated, it's not going to stop piracy.
  • Spacegrass - November 23, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    I'm not going to download this game, but I'm not going to buy it either, because I don't want to support what they're doing. A large portion of people who download games illegally are just trying to see if the game works on their computer and if it's any good, and if so, they'll buy a legitimate copy as soon as they can afford to. Of course, I wasn't planning to buy The Witcher II anyway, because it will probably be just as boring as the last one.
  • AnonymouZ - November 23, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    i'm with vent on this one. you don't provoke anonymous masses... not when they're anonymous... i'm still buying the game tho... but i fear they poked at the wrong animal here xD
  • BobsYurUncle - November 23, 2010 10:30 p.m.

  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 23, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    @ninjaramen gog is awesome.
  • ventanger - November 23, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    Hmm... just a thought, but what if this encourages piracy? When you threaten pirates they typically push back disproportionally. I'm interested in seeing how this plays out or if it's just an empty threat.
  • ninjaramen - November 23, 2010 10 p.m.

    I have a lot of respect for CDprojekt and their gog site. I'll be more than happy to give them $50 and support them. Oh and to anyone who hasnt seen or heard of Check it out, they just released probably my favorite pcrpg from when I was a teenager. Baldurs Gate II.

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