CD Projekt signs new agreement and ends dispute with The Witcher author

first_imgCD Projekt signs new agreement and ends dispute with The Witcher authorThe game developer has the rights to the IP in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandiseChristopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 2nd January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCD Projekt REDCD Projekt has ended its disagreement with The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski.The game developer will continue to have the rights to the IP in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise.”We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projek Red,” said president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński in a statement. “I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.”Sapkowski had signed over the game rights to The Witcher to CD Projekt for an upfront fee, turning down any potential royalties. He told Eurogamer later about the deal: “I was stupid enough to sell them rights [to all of my novels]. 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.”Following this, he publicly demanded over $16 million in royalties from CD Projekt, claiming that under Polish law he had been wrongfully underpaid for his work. CD Projekt dismissed the claim, but said: “It is the Company’s will to maintain good relations with authors of works which have inspired CD Projekt Red’s own creations. Consequently, the Board will go to great lengths to ensure amicable resolution of this dispute; however, any such resolution must be respectful of previously expressed intents of both parties, as well as existing contracts.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games It appears that the desired amicable resolution has been achieved. The statement from CD Projekt states that: “The agreement satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides.”CD Projekt is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, which is due on April 16th. It has committed to future The Witcher titles. Meanwhile, The Witcher mini-series was released on Netflix in December last year and became one of the most popular shows during the festive period. In fact, it is already the most streamed Netflix TV show in the UK.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCD Projekt has no plans to shelve Cyberpunk 2077CEO Adam Kicinski says abandoning the game is “not an option” By Danielle Partis 28 days agoCD Projekt staff reportedly locked out of computers after ransomware attackThe Cyberpunk 2077 developer had to push back the release of a patch following the cyber attackBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more