CD Projekt Red Denies The Witcher Author Andrzej Sapkowski's Additional Royalties Request

The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski asked developer CD Projekt Red for additional royalties, but his initial request has been rejected.

October 2, 2018

It’s no secret that CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt was one of the biggest runaway successes of this generation. The series as a whole has even surpassed 33 million units sold. Due to how successful this series has become and believing his share of revenue was too low, Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher book series that the games are based on, asked for additional royalties.

In his letter to the developer, Andrzej Sapkowski asked for an additional 60 million in Polish zloty, which translates to $16,115,340. The letter also claims that CD Projekt Red’s copyright “concerned only the first in a series of games, and therefore the distribution of all other games, including their expansions, add-ons etc., is, simply speaking, unlawful.” That being said, the complaint does state that he doesn’t plan on pursuing that further at this time, especially if the aforementioned royalties request was granted.

His letter ends by saying that going public with this copyright claim may hurt CD Projekt Red’s reputation and that he and his representative would be willing to meet them within the next fourteen days. Despite that, CD Projekt Red went public to their investors with the claim today, saying that the claim is “groundless” and that they had “legitimately and legally acquired copyright” for all three The Witcher games.

They end by saying that CD Projekt Red’s Board will be working towards an “amicable resolution” with Andrzej Sapkowski, so this legal copyright pursuit hopefully won’t have a negative impact on The Witcher series as a whole. That being said, DualShockers will be sure to let you know if anything changes concerning this dispute.

There are still some new experiences set in the world of The Witcher on the horizon. A Netflix TV series starring Henry Cavill is currently being worked on, and CD Projekt Red themselves are bringing Gwent out of beta and releasing Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on PC later this month.

Tomas Franzese

Tomas Franzese is a News Editor at DualShockers, writing a variety of reviews and shedding light on upcoming games for both PC and consoles. While he has been a gamer most of his life, he began writing for DualShockers in 2016 and has almost never put his computer or a controller down since.

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