The Witcher Author to Receive Additional Compensation from CD Projekt Red
In the years since the first game's release, The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski will finally earn additional payments from CD Projekt Red.
After the release of the critically-acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in May 2015, the popularity of The Witcher series at large exploded thanks to the game’s rich, immersive world and lore based on the works of the titular book series that came before it. However, the series’ author, Andrzej Sapkowski, has notably had some criticisms in the past regarding some of the financial bounty that the series has earned without compensating him accordingly. While the games’ developer CD Projekt Red has rebuked some of these claims in the past, it seems the two parties have come to some sort of settlement on payment and recognition of Sapkowski’s work.
In a report from the Polish outlet Puls Biznesu (via Wccftech), CD Projekt Red has apparently reached some form of amicable settlement with The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski for additional compensation earned from the games’ success after the original game, The Witcher, released in 2007.
For context, originally Sapkowski had an arrangement with CD Projekt Red to sell the rights to the book series to make a video game adaptation for a flat fee, as opposed to earning a percentage of the profits. At the time, Sapkowski didn’t have much faith in the games actually turning a profit, though after over a decade since the first game’s release, that clearly hasn’t been the case.
CD Projekt Red and Sapjowski have gone back and forth regarding additional payment and royalties since that initial arrangement, even going back as recently as the fall of last year, when CDPR had denied Sapkowski’s request for around $16 million USD in additional payment.
However, according to the report from Puls Biznesu, it appears that CD Projekt Red has come to terms with providing additional compensation for Sapkowski in recognition to his work that led to the creation of the remarkably successful game series based on it.
Given that The Witcher series is about to get even more attention with an upcoming TV adaptation in the works from Netflix, the additional compensation from CD Projekt Red for Sapkowski seems like a small sum as a good gesture to maintain the image of easily one of its most acclaimed game series.