Witcher Author Seeks Further Profits From CD Projekt Red
It seems a messy legal battle may be about to ensue.
10.02.18 - 7:55 PM
RPG fans around the world are well aware of the massive success of The Witcher series of games. Long time fans of the series expected great things from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and CD Projekt Red delivered a masterpiece of a game, raking in approximately $82.7 Million USD worldwide. However, these sentiments were not shared by Andrzej Sapkowski, the author who wrote the original Witcher book series.
In an interview with Eurogamer in 2017, Sapkowski went into great detail about his regrets with the contract he signed with CD Projekt Red. "They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, 'No, there will be no profit at all - give me all my money right now! The whole amount.' It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn't."
In an attempt to make up for this woeful deal, Sapkowski is now demanding CD Projekt Red to pay up an additional $16.1 Million dollars in royalties, a demand that was immediately rejected. In a press release from CD Projekt Red, the company stated, "In the Company's opinion the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski's work , i.a insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company. All liabilities payable by the Company in association therewith have been properly discharged."
As of writing, no further legal actions have been made. Despite all this, CD Projekt Red has stated that they still wish to maintain good relations with Sapkowski.
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