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Late last year, Witcher II developer CD Projekt RED began pursuing individuals who they believed were pirating its game. Now, the team has backed off after listening to concerns from the community.
According to a letter published by co-found Marcin Iwinski, CD Projekt RED listened to complaints that owners of legitimate copies of The Witcher II may be punished accidently. While the developer believes it has not taken action against legitimate owners, it has backed off in its search anyway.
Published below is the full letter from Iwinski:
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 Iwinskico-founderCD Projekt RED
Well said. I have a lot of respect for CD Projekt RED they seem to legitimately care about their community. A shame so many copies of Witcher 2 got pirated though. I'm still waiting to pick it up when it comes out on xbox
Some of the smartest guys in the business.
well all of us gamers scream about how companies do not listen to us and force anti-piracy counter measures down our throats that hurt the fans, hear is our chance to show we are not all just talk and complainers.......
This is an excellent company showing that they put customer service first. I may just have to purchase this game now.
I am still waiting to play it, without pirating it.
That's a 5 star post.
Here's to hoping that TW2 makes it to the PS3. Looks like a good game, and I'm more than happy to support CD Projekt RED, given what I've seen of them so far. DRM being a headache? Patched out. Pirate hunting worrying legitimate customers? Ok, they backed off. Not something I can say I've seen before. A pleasant surprise, to say the least.
kudos to them for understanding all perspectives and not just their own. here's hoping their trust in the fans won't come back to bite them.
I really wish my PC was capable of running both Witcher games just so I could purchase them to support CD Projekt. They just seem like one of the coolest devs in the industry.
I'm definitely looking forward to the 360 release of Witcher 2, though!
how did they expect to hunt down everyone who pirated the game? does this company has money to go to every country and do it? do they have money to sue everyone?? even MS or sony or apple cant do it and they are billion time bigger..it was a bad dream, stop pursuing it, it happened before and will always happened....lower the price of your games maybe...